Community Engagement - Schools Package

25 Sep 2017

The working group developed a schools package to specifically consult with children and young people about the design of the park and to promote a sense of ownership. A total of 5 local schools (Goodstart Early Learning, Uniting Care Jack & Jill Preschool, Westlawn Preschool, Grafton Public School, Grafton High School) completed the package.

In summary, the children suggested the following ideas:

  • Sandplay area
  • Climbing equipment
  • Slides
  • Bubbler
  • Toilets
  • Water pump for water play
  • Dedicated bike track around the outside with intersections. Small traffic signs including ‘turn left’ ‘turn right’ ‘no parking’ an interactive traffic light, ‘stop’ and ‘give way’
  • A ‘rules sign’ written by children
  • A maze
  • Brain teasers of puzzles
  • A bridge and creek
  • Exercise equipment
  • Stumps coming out of the ground
  • Equipment that connects together like an obstacle course (Monkey bars joining to stumps, joining to a beam etc)
  • Tall tower with rock climbing and steep slide
  • A double slide
  • A telescope
  • A really wobbly bridge
  • An inclusion seat (where children can sit if they don’t have somebody to play with).
  • Signs drawn and written by children

Many children asked to write or draw signs for the playground including:
  • One person on the slide at a time
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat
  • Share the equipment
  • Put rubbish in the bin
  • Traffic
  • Be nice to everyone
  • Everyone is welcome at the park
  • Hold hands in the car park
  • Play nicely
  • Everyone can play here
  • No bullying
  • Be kind to the little kids
Outcomes of the Schools Package, pop up stalls and surveys informed the decision making process for the development of the Concept Plan.

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