Galbally Reserve in Hughesdale is a new neighbourhood scale play space opened in June 2019. The Level Crossing Removal Authority, with Council’s permission, used part of reserve as part of the elevated rail works.

I designed the new play space, developed presentation plan, detailed design, full tender documentation, construction documents, and supervised construction. I collaborated with Council and the LXRA.

Design includes:
– customised play equipment for the main play space components;
– sensory play area including an insect resort area and three insect hotels which I designed to
be carved by a chainsaw artist;
– a small shelter structure based on a standard template to which I added a Wysteria covered
pergola extension, to provide greening, flowers, and shade;
– passive WSUD system of swales and garden beds to ensure the best WSUD response to drainage requirements of the site;
– extensive planting of trees and lower storey plants of varying colour, smell and texture;
– basketball area with noise reduction backboard;
– dedicated upper body and parkour fitness area;
– improved amenity through provision of additional seating, drinking fountain and bike
hoops; and
– play equipment accessible to a broad range of users of all abilities, including wheelchair friendly
train carriage.