Why the Central Park is so important
Developing a master-planned community brings me back to the days when I would watch my brother try to configure one of those highly complex lego sets – the car, the aeroplane or whatever it was!
There are so many moving parts, so many layers, so many things to be considered from infrastructure, feedback, policies, planning constraints, environmental considerations, beurocracy, political considerations, safety and more.
Our Central Park had many considerations just like this! It was a development that started with hesitation from Council, with suggestions for this Park to be deleted and to be turned into residential lots instead.
It required us to stay true to our purpose, stay true to seeing why this was an important development for the community already living in the neighbourhood and also for the hundreds of homes still to come that would be built around this.
Throughout this 18 months of negotiations, meetings, proposals and the likes, it required us to honour our value of “instinct” – having the instinct to protect what matters, driven by our commitment to honor a legacy.
I’m so very pleased to say – we did it and that in August of this year, we will be able to share this incredible experience with all of the community as we open our mega sized, state of the art 1.1ha Central Park.
Just as in 2014, we opened the Clive Brunskill Memorial Park and worked with council to bring this to the community, we truly recognise the importance of Parks in our neighbourhoods for many reasons.
Parks are a great way for children to learn how to make connections, not only the children, but it also brings together grandparents and parents, either from the same neighbourhood or as relations of residents. This lead to the inclusion of BBQs with lighting, so these gatherings can also happen in a safe place in the evening watching the Brunslea Park sunset.
In today’s society with an increased focus on technology, we can also see that it is important for children to remain to have a connection with nature and with “play”. Our 1.1ha Central Park was developed by Somewhere Landscapes in Wagga Wagga and the brief was – make it cater for all ages. We wanted for this to be an inclusive space. This lead to the inclusive of the rock play creek bed, flying fox, five way swing and climbing pyramid.
Children and teenagers of all ages, want something to do! We see having Parks as a key place in the community for people to go to engage in safe activities, without and dangerous hazards.
I can remember as a child myself, the Park in Forest Hill I would often go to and spend time there on the weekends – playing in the sandpit! Parks are also a place of memories and contribute to the relationships in our lives – between parents and children, families and strangers. Parks can be a meeting place where friendships and life-long connections are formed.
So, all of these points above were really the driving factors behind why this Central Park was a priority for us. Of the items discussed at our Resident Information Night, Parks and Footpaths were the priorities. We’re so excited to tick off on both of these this year.
We want you to contribute your ideas for the Central Park Opening and we also plan to have regular community BBQs once it is up and running. Thanks for continuing to contribute and shape a better community.
Planting Seeds with Sam blog post,
written by Samantha Brunskill