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New playspace at Stamford Park designed to co-exist with wetlands
An adventure play precinct built as part of the redevelopment of Stamford Park Parklands – an expansion of the Melbourne Water wetlands – has been sensitively designed to accommodate changing water levels and co-exist with the wetland.
Having been built next to a wetland, the design of the new adventure play precinct at Stamford Park which includes play equipment, fitness equipment, paths, landscaping and picnic spaces, allows it to adapt to fluctuating water levels throughout the year.
Knox City Council Manager Infrastructure, Andrew Barr notes “The play and exercise equipment and picnic areas are all positioned in high spots so that they are not covered by water.
“The pathways, plants and landscape elements such as the rock stepping stones have been specifically chosen to cope with being covered by water and then drying out.”
The wetlands and adjoining creek at Stamford Park are an area of significant environmental value, providing an important habitat for a wide array of birds, frogs, turtles, native eels, fish and the local colony of platypus.
As well as this, wetlands play an important functional role in stormwater management. Stormwater is collected from the adjacent industrial and residential areas and the wetlands treat it by removing pollutants before returning it to the creek.
The nature of wetlands is that water levels ebb and flow depending on the amount of rainfall, but there will usually be some level of water present. The surrounding Waterlea housing estate also considers this unique environment in its design and layout.
The redevelopment of Stamford Park will later this year see the introduction of shared walking and cycling paths and boardwalks through the wetlands, landscaping and revegetation works including a lookout tower and village green for community events, and a specially designed habitat for our local platypus colony.
Images courtesy facebook.com/Knoxcouncil
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