I think I know the key and it’s one word – placemaking.

Placemaking is when we take a people centred approach to the planning, design and management of places. It involves working with the people, to listen to and ask questions of the people that are living, working and playing within that space to discover their needs and wishes. If we then take this information to distribute it to the relevant people within the project, it can truly brew a magical common vision.

It means that the Park or Place truly does encompass the needs of that particular community, so they can also gain a true sense of belonging from that place.

"Placemaking is a dynamic human function: it is an act of liberation, of staking claim, and of beautification; it is true human empowerment."

There are a stack load of different principles that can be used in the placemaking process, but I have really enjoyed this image which captures it all in an easy and relatable way.

“In evaluating thousands of public spaces around the world, PPS has found successful places have four key qualities in common: they are accessible; people are engaged in activities there; the space is comfortable and has a good image; and, finally, it is a sociable place—one where people meet each other and take people when they come to visit.”

So, I’m keen to hear – what makes a place GREAT in your opinion?

We recently opened our Central Park and one of the key things I’ve read about with what makes a GREAT place, is the different uses it can provide you. So here’s some ideas to try out our most recent Place at Brunslea Park…

·      Yoga

·      Meditation

·      BBQ with family and friends

·      Kicking a football

·      Picnic

·      Exercise session

·      Art session – drawing, paints

·      Reading a book

·      Trying out the flying fox

·      Cricket game

·      Host a free community event and share your passion

·      Scavenger hunt

·      Walking group

If we are able to build our neighbourhoods with a Placemaking approach, it facilitates a greater sense of belonging as an outcome. This means looking at accesses and linkages which facilitate connection, different uses for activities that make the place special to generate community pride and social connections.

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