COTTESLOE NATURE DISCOVERY SPACE

Client:              Town of Cottesloe/ Cottesloe Coast Care
Location:         Curtin Ave, Vlamingh Memorial, Cottesloe
Dates:              Mar, 2020
Outcome:        Public Nature Discovery Space

Cottesloe Coast Care and the Town of Cottesloe approached NBP to help them incorporate Nature Play into a rehabilitation site on the dune/vegetation area above Cottesloe beach. After removing large tracts of invasive Tea tree and wanting to rehabilitate and restore the coastal area with new plantings and integrated nature discovery and play for the public to enjoy.

After collaborative meetings with Coast Care and council staff, on what would work best for the site in terms of restoration, accessibility and public amenity, NBP completed a Concept design for the large area. The design encompassed a Nature Discovery Space, which reflected the existing natural elements of coastal dunes, where children (and adults) could meander through the space and discover different aspects of Nature and enjoy passive play in the space, and Nature Play and Loose play items for active play.

Stage 1 construction consisted of re-sculpturing of the degraded dune sand area and incorporating large limestone rocks and natural logs to create a natural landscaped swale and mound area of discovery. It included water carved rocks, a rhizolith limestone rock formation with fossils, shells, corals and other ocean elements, plus a rock mound for climbing and viewing the adjacent beach and ocean below.

At Stage 2, construction of larger Nature play items were installed including Calf Humpback climber, Fairy Bridge, cubby frames, limestone paths, carved logs and mulching. This re-established the degraded area into a natural landscape and discovery area, with sensitive nature play and sensory elements.

Nature Play Elements:

WaterPlay: Carved Water Rocks, Dry Creek Swale, Carved Top Logs and Stump
Climbing: Humpback Climber, Rock Lookout Mound, Large Logs and Rocks,
Balancing & Sitting: Rocks and Balancing ground Logs
Discovery: Rhizolith Rock (with fossils), Rock and Log Carvings
Shelters: Cubby Frames and Building Sticks
Loose Parts: Snake Head Rope Play, Cubby sticks, loose fossils, shells, and rocks
Themed Amenity: Fairy Bridge; Limestone Paths; Sitting Logs

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