The Barrow Park Pump Track and Play Space arose from the needs of the local community to provide active open space activities in a higher density residential neighbourhood where an unexpectedly high number of families with children now live in apartments and townhouses.
The design embraces the idea of informal active use to transform a degraded area into a play space that forms connections within in the park and into the surrounding neighbourhoods. The space drew inspiration from the surrounding Fremantle vernacular and local pocket parks, utilising recycled materials and a coastal plant palette to reflect local character and embody the principals of sustainability.
Catering to a range of ages, the design comprises a number of new play elements including a junior pump track and viewing deck with bike ‘trials’ features, a timber fort, bike balance beams and Mediterranean garden. Connections between the park’s existing playground, barbeque area and civic space are enhanced and defined through informal paths and low coastal plantings.
The play space is a prime example of how a compact active open space can be successfully integrated within an open space network and complement existing medium density developments. It is a space that young people feel comfortable to occupy which should be a priority for open spaces in medium density neighbourhoods.
Lvl 1 38 Adelaide Street
Fremantle (Walyalup) WA 6160
+61 8 9430 8955
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