customer case

Blackrock Park, Dublin

Case Details

Location

Ireland

Customer

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Sector

Age Group

1+

user capacity

100+

Play for All Ages

The redevelopment of the play area in Blackrock Park, Dublin involved the removal of existing equipment so as to incorporate a new natural play area that catered for all ages and provided challenging play activities.

WOW – Join the fun and explore the Goose!

Hours of Fun

Tenderers were requested to create a natural play area comprising of several distinct and individual sub spaces to inspire imaginative play, adventure and movement.

In the main natural play space, our design proposal involved the manipulation of ground through careful earthworks to create a rolling, meandering collection of undulations with mounds and depressions carefully weaved through the existing trees to create natural, engaging play spaces. The Brent Goose structure on its grass mounded nest, in reference to the Brent Geese using the park for foraging is the centre point of the main play area. There is also an enclosed neurodivergent space with smaller goose springer units and sculpture. All of the equipment zones are linked by accessible ballylusk dust paths which snake through the mounds and berms.

An enclosed, gated toddler play space was included in our design using the same timber and materials proposed throughout the project. Constructive and manipulative play was an important element of the brief so we included sand play equipment such as diggers, play tables and receptacles. This is surrounded by an accessible path which cambers down without any raised edges to sand play area. This inclusive toddler play area is suitable for children of all abilities with plenty of seating for carers and space for buggies and bicycles

Physical
Joy of movement: motor skills, muscle, cardio and bone density
Cognitive
Joy of learning: curiosity, understanding of causal relationships and knowledge of the world
Social-Emotional
Joy of being together: teamwork, tolerance and sense of belonging
Creative
Joy of creating: co-creation and experimenting with materials

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