The Mitchell Shire Council contracted Ground Control in 2020 to detail and document two new playspaces in Broadford, Victoria.
The first new playspace was located in Memorial Park in the Centre of the Broadford township. The new design replaced an ageing set of play equipment that no longer met the current Australian Standards nor Council’s expectations for this focal point in the township. Part of the new playspace development was the inclusion of a dynamic shade sail, providing important sun protection to children and parents.
The second proposed playspace was located in an open space behind the Broadford Living & Learning Centre and Broadford Youth Centre, between the existing Community Gardens, the Mens’ Shed and the Broadford Skate Park. This new playspace was designed to incorporate proprietary play equipment blended with natural play and other bespoke elements in an undulating setting with planting, grass areas and shade trees.
The Council subsequently engaged Ground Control to redesign the Community Gardens playspace at another location within the Broadford township — in an open spare area at Wattle Street, Broadford. This revised playspace was again colocated with existing mature trees for shade and incorporated the same design characteristics as the previous version.
The construction of both playspaces commenced in 2021 and are due for completion in 2022.