The Jeavons team has long, practical experience in every aspect of play area design and planning. Our landscape firm provides a unique combination of perspectives, from a broadscale planning viewpoint, as well as an appreciation of the very fine details that make a difference to individual users on site.
Municipal Play Strategies
These projects are commissioned by local government to review the location, distribution, accessibility, and quality of public park design for play, and their infrastructure.
Our process varies depending upon the needs of the Council and may include community wide consultation and engagement processes.
Jeavons’ Play Strategies include an overview of residential catchments and precincts within any local municipality. We examine how well open space, parks, and play spaces are distributed, and identify gaps where residents do not have walkable access to a park for play.
Jeavons also frequently review the quality of individual play spaces, their infrastructure, and social amenities in the light of this ‘big picture’ information. For example, when there is only one park in a whole residential catchment, this site of ‘high dependence’ will assume more importance and will need to meet all the play and social needs of local residents on its own. Our recommendations aim to improve the play value of every site.
We frequently allocate priorities to individual parks for re-design or other improvements and prepare an implementation plan for Councils to act on.
Reviews and Advice on Individual Parks and Play Spaces
In addition to full play strategies, our landscape architecture company can assist Councils to review an individual site. We help make decisions as to the future of their infrastructure, whether it is worth retaining or needs replacing, and over what time frame.
Access and Inclusion
Access and inclusion is central to all our design planning and decision making. Jeavons strive to maximise opportunities for all members of the community, regardless of age or disability, to participate in play alongside their friends and family. We prepare suggestions for Councils as to how to improve access and inclusion within any existing playground landscape design.
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