Braithwaite Park

Mount Hawthorn, WA

Emerge undertook concept design and documentation, in collaboration with Nature Play WA and Phase3 Landscape Construction in the delivery of this exciting new nature play space located at Braithwaite Park on Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn.

The existing park had large open turf spaces and significant Peppermint and Moreton Bay Fig Trees which were previously underutilised. Part of the brief provided by the City of Vincent was to integrate a nature play space into the trees that has had the net result of seriously activating the park. Braithwaite Park is aimed at children aged 10-14, an age bracket many nature play parks falls short of. Emerge have successfully managed to integrate a flying fox and an elevated climbing net that provides challenge and risk for older children, however the design of these elements also ensures smaller children cannot get into danger.

For smaller children, elevated timber decking that is nestled around the existing trees and connected with a rope bridge provides great stages for imaginative role play whilst providing the sensation of being up in the trees. In addition the play space includes mounds, tunnels, slides, water play and a nest swing to keep children of all ages active, engaged and exploring. Elegant steel pods, which have had native climbers and bamboo planted into them will ultimately engulf the structures to provide a semi-private space for children to play and engage with.

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