Spiire’s local Landscape Architecture team were engaged by the Greater Shepparton City Council to work collaboratively with Council and develop a Play Space Strategy. The purpose of the Strategy is to provide strategic guidance and direction to Council for the future provision and development of play spaces in the local community.
The Strategy articulates the vision for the future of play in Greater Shepparton, and identifies what is required to achieve that vision, and meet the needs of the community over the next ten years. The primary objectives of the Play Space Strategy were to:
- Assess existing play spaces for quality of play experiences, age groups catered for, access and improvement opportunities
- Review the current distribution of play spaces across Greater Shepparton
- Review the provision of inclusive/accessible play spaces
- Establish a vision and philosophy for the future of play provision across Greater Shepparton
- Develop criteria and principles for effective play provision, including play value, demand, supply and distribution
- Develop high level Design Guidelines to ensure future play spaces are designed in accordance with best practice and positively contribute to Council’s long-term vision for play in Greater Shepparton.
This Play Space Strategy represents an important exemplar of how a regional council can go about delivering quality play experiences for residents and visitors of all ages.
This project was the recipient of the 2021 AILA Victoria Award for Landscape Planning. Spiire was commended for producing an engagingly presented and readily usable work, that draws on a comprehensive evidence base to recommend how the city can achieve best practice play outcomes.
Our local Landscape Architecture team were also awarded the Regional Achievement Award for their work on the project. This is a fantastic recognition of the value and passion our regionally based landscape architects bring to our local communities.
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