Check out these playgrounds in Adelaide!
Burnside Adventure Playground
Belair National Park
All of these playgrounds are great examples of nature play, using successful elements in their design.
Our latest Playground Tour focused on the co-location of fitness equipment near playgrounds (and other park facilities). We visited 4 parks in the Penrith Area, each with differing fitness offers. There were approximately 40 attendees (fully booked) from all over NSW, a great turnout, showing again how people appreciate the opportunity for informal learning in the more social setting of outdoor tours.
Our office in conjunction with Kidsafe, PLA and AILA have run playground tours for the last four years, averaging 3 tours a year. Planning for the next one is underway!
Fiona illustrates her discussion with the multi-generational fitness equipment guide.
Andrew Robinson at Jamison Park expounds the theory of co-locating playgrounds and fitness stations in parks.
Fiona demonstrates her core strength on the Chest Press!
Thanks to everyone who attended the tour! We hope you enjoyed the day with us, and have shared your learning with your respective office teams. Ready for action!
On Australia Day we are considering what being proudly Australian means to our practice. Our approach is that our projects are inspired by Australian culture: theming, planting, materials and equipment celebrate the Australian spirit!
Our aim is that anyone anywhere in the world would look at our work and say “How Australian”
Some examples that illustrate our philosophy are:
Coincidently, we are currently designing a playground in Endeavour Park, Sydney, which embraces James Cook’s landing in Botany Bay in 1770. Cook mapped the East Coast of Australia, thus enabling the First Fleet to navigate their landing on the 26th January 1788!
2014 has been an exciting and very productive year for Fiona Robbé Landscape Architects! Our practice has been involved in a myriad of multi-disciplinary activities which are a hallmark of our specialisation in design for children. We give talks, run playground tours, attend industry events, are involved with playground standards, write articles, participate in interviews; you name it we’re involved! In summary, our 2014 achievements include:
Throughout 2014 a number of our playgrounds were constructed and opened; now being used! These are:
This year saw the introduction of the new Playground Standards AS4685, a huge achievement for our playground standards committee. It was an exacting process with worthwhile outcomes for Australian play design. Our aim was to make outdoor play more challenging within a risk-benefit-assessment framework.
We are now working on updated versions of AS/NZS 4422: Playground Surfacing – Specifications, Requirements and Test Method, as well as AS/NZS 4486.1-6: Playgrounds and Playground Equipment. This update harmonises all aspects of playground provision into one approach.
About to be released in 2015 is an updated version of AS4685.11; the Spatial Network standard, which brings the 2012 edition of this standard into 2014 thinking.
None of this is for the faint-hearted, but the new standards represent such progress for the playground industry!
We are proud to have collaboratively run 2 playground tours this year. This is a collaboration between Kidsafe, AILA and PLA (and our office, of course).
Playground tours continue to be popular for a broad range of participants, and are an exciting way of engaging practical theory and connecting like-minded people.
Our next playground tour is scheduled for the 24th February next year, and will focus on fitness equipment.
Fiona continues to share professional insights into outdoor children’s play across a number of disciplines Australia wide. This year she has given 8 talks, spread between:
FRLA has won three awards this year:
For the full list of awards FRLA has received over the years, see our Awards Page.
We’re really looking forward to the construction of the following projects in early 2015:
Fiona, Jacqui, Alice and Lachlan concluded our year of involvement at Arcadia Public School with a Christmas craft session. Our weekly involvement with children at the school keeps us up-to-date with children’s culture. Fiona visits the school weekly for games and fun at lunch, with students ranging from Kindergarten to year 6!
2015 promises to be full of exciting achievements for children, and we look forward to delivering these. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Fiona, Rolfe, Debbie, Jacqui, Alice, Lachlan and Badja!