Pebble Creek’s stunning location, nestled along the banks of Flagstone Creek, established a unique opportunity to create an outdoor recreation and adventure destination that will provide residents and the broader community with a stunning park, unmatched in the area.
The as yet unnamed $3 million district park will occupy approximately 9.4 hectares along the southern boundary of the project and was designed by internationally-renowned landscape architects SLR Consulting. On completion, it will deliver a raft of attractions including adventure playgrounds, multi-purpose sporting fields, recreation facilities, dog off-leash area and winding paths for walkers and cyclists.
Facilities for all walks of life
Thoughtfully designed to grow with the community, the park’s facilities cater to all ages and interests.
For younger children there is a colourfully shaded playground as well as a spacious learn-to-ride bicycle track, for those learning to love being on two wheels.
As children grow, the park will transform into a teenage hub, providing older children with a basketball court, ping pong table and an oval for sporting activities.
The park also provides a secure off-leash area for dogs, giving pet owners the opportunity to let their dogs run freely with other dogs in a safe environment. Families, couples and social groups will be able to share quality time together as the park features a number of picnic areas and a dedicated shaded barbeque area.
Bound in nature
While the built form of the park will entice visitors, many will stay to enjoy the natural beauty which SLR Technical Director of Landscape Architecture Dean Butcher says will be an integral part of the experience.
As custodian of the park’s development, Butcher says vegetation and ecology were blended into every aspect of the park in order to prevent the feeling of over-urbanisation, and instead give residents and visitors the feeling of “being one with nature”.
The playground, for example, is positioned so it feels like it is nestled within the trees and the picnic facilities are integrated with enough vegetation to provide plenty of natural shade. A section of the park has also been allocated for rehabilitation and feature planting, providing a section that will one day reflect a time of uninterrupted forestry.
“The park is very much centred around a nature theme, with a particular emphasis on Flagstone Creek,” Butcher says.
“The layout will embody the whole natural movement of water into the design, from linked facilities right down to the meandering pathway that is reminiscent of the flowing creek.”
A sense of community
The district park will not be exclusive to Pebble Creek residents but will instead provide open space for South Maclean’s growing community.
The park’s oval has enough space for two separate sporting fields, which will be suitable for junior sporting competitions as well as an open site for community markets or events. The open field area is bordered by sandstone seating terraces, which will allow spectators to watch sporting events like cricket, soccer or football, and families can sit together and enjoy Christmas carols or outdoor movie nights.
Combined with the amenities block and suitable car parking, the park boasts the potential to be a true community hub.
With a wide range of outdoor facilities and enough open space for numerous events and activities, Pebble Creek’s district park has limitless possibilities and all the makings to be a focal point for the area.
All the features
On completion the park will include:
- Sporting field that can configured as two rectangular fields or one oval.
- Terrace seating overlooking the playing surface
- Dog off-leash area
- Extensive car parking
- Full basketball court
- Outdoor ping pong table
- Shaded softfall playground
- Barbecue and covered picnic areas
- Learn to ride bike track
- Amenities block
- Feature planting
- Extensive turfed areas