Landscaping is extensive and includes BBQ and picnic facilities for families. A perimeter path incorporating lookouts are provided to take advantage of the magnificent river and city views. Significant features include the clocktower courtyard and children’s playground. Access from the river’s edge has been greatly improved with a stairway link and an at grade ramp to the riverside cycleway. The ramp will allow bicycles, wheelchairs and prams to move around the entire site.
Artwork is incorporated into the hard landscape works and extensive lighting provided for enhanced security and night-time visual drama. A new entrance has been created, together with permanent vehicle on-site parking for 81 cars and 3 buses, an additional overflow facility for 91 cars is provided on cleared grass areas to cater for busy times.
This project is the recipient of the following awards:
2000 Australian Institute of Architects Award for Civic Design
2000 Australian Institute of Architects Commendation for Recycled Building
2000 Australian Timber Design Award for the Heathcote Playground