Redevelopment of Jacaranda Park

Welcome. This website gives you the information you need to know to participate easily and effectively in the public consultation for the "Redevelopment of Jacaranda Park".

Importance of Playgrounds. Playgrounds are an asset that provides the community with an area for recreation, relaxation, learning and fun. They provide an opportunity for both active and passive play for children of all ages, in both a supervised and unsupervised setting. Council aims to provide the community with a strategic network of quality play areas, containing safe and compliant playground equipment that provide recreation and challenge for the users.

Community Strategic Plan. Council's

Welcome. This website gives you the information you need to know to participate easily and effectively in the public consultation for the "Redevelopment of Jacaranda Park".

Importance of Playgrounds. Playgrounds are an asset that provides the community with an area for recreation, relaxation, learning and fun. They provide an opportunity for both active and passive play for children of all ages, in both a supervised and unsupervised setting. Council aims to provide the community with a strategic network of quality play areas, containing safe and compliant playground equipment that provide recreation and challenge for the users.

Community Strategic Plan. Council's commitment to the provision of a strategic network of playgrounds is reported in the Community Strategic Plan.

Theme 1 Society
Objective 1.2 We will have a safe, active and healthy region
Strategy 1.2.1 Provide, maintain and develop sport and recreational facilities and encourage greater utilisation and participation

Redevelopment of Jacaranda Park.

Redevelopment will allow for the upgrade of infrastructure including the a regional playground, public amenities, landscaping and supporting park furniture. The project will assist Council in promoting a safe, active and healthy Clarence Valley.

What can you do now?

Council’s concept plan for redevelopment of Jacaranda Park is on public exhibition for 30 days until 4pm, October 23, 2017.

Written submissions are invited and are to be addressed to the General Manager Clarence Valley Council, Locked Bag 23 Grafton NSW 2460 or by email to council@clarence.nsw.gov.au. All submissions must be clearly marked ‘Concept Plan for Redevelopment of Jacaranda Park’.

For further information, contact Gavin Beveridge on 6640 3500 or email gavin.beveridge@clarence.nsw.gov.au. Alternatively, you can ask them here and however you do it - thanks for your participation.


  • Key Pieces of Playground Equipment

    about 2 years ago
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    Play Structure S11: Galleon Ship

    Play Structure S1: Custom Rainforest Tower

    Play Structure S3: Bay Swing Set

    Play Structure S7: Aeroskate

    Play Structure S13: Ocean Seesaw with Back Support

    Play Structure S10: Wheel Spin

    Play Structure S8: Sand Factory

    Play Structure S3: Swings



    Play Structure S11: Galleon Ship

    Play Structure S1: Custom Rainforest Tower

    Play Structure S3: Bay Swing Set

    Play Structure S7: Aeroskate

    Play Structure S13: Ocean Seesaw with Back Support

    Play Structure S10: Wheel Spin

    Play Structure S8: Sand Factory

    Play Structure S3: Swings



  • Concept Plan for Redevelopment of Jacaranda Park

    about 2 years ago
    Reportcover

    Clarence Valley Council engaged Vee Design to assist in the delivery of the concept plan. Regional playgrounds are generally ‘iconic’ and the theme for the concept design was the Clarence Valley. The playground is spread over 3 separate playground zones which represent 3 distinct zones of the Valley, being Zone 1: Sandstone Country; Zone 2: Floodplain; Zone 3: Coastal Beaches, while the accessways represents the Clarence River. The detailed design in the park was informed through the outcomes of community engagement and overseen by the Working Group and Council officers. Draft 50% and 90% Detailed Design submissions from Vee Design...

    Clarence Valley Council engaged Vee Design to assist in the delivery of the concept plan. Regional playgrounds are generally ‘iconic’ and the theme for the concept design was the Clarence Valley. The playground is spread over 3 separate playground zones which represent 3 distinct zones of the Valley, being Zone 1: Sandstone Country; Zone 2: Floodplain; Zone 3: Coastal Beaches, while the accessways represents the Clarence River. The detailed design in the park was informed through the outcomes of community engagement and overseen by the Working Group and Council officers. Draft 50% and 90% Detailed Design submissions from Vee Design were reviewed by the Working Group prior to acceptance of the presented 100% Detail Design submission. The primary play equipment in these zones represents different levels of age and ability.

    Zone 1: Sandstone Country aims to represent the escarpments, forests and waterfalls that surround the Valley. This zone is targeted at older children and features a custom rainforest tower reaching 9.19m in height and would be the first of its type installed in the southern hemisphere. This item is supported by a 3 Bay Swing Set (Basket Swing, Standard Swing, Back Support Swing), an aero skate structure and an inclusive Wheel Spin creating a diverse range of play activities. The primary softfall is certified playground mulch with nodes of rubber softfall providing access to inclusive play elements.

    Zone 2: Floodplain aims to represent the floodplain located adjacent to the Clarence River and its tributaries. This zone is targeted at all children and features a nature play area including bridges, water pump, dry creek bed, stepping stones, balancing features and sensory items creating a diverse range of play activities. The primary softfall is certified playground mulch with access to inclusive play elements being provided by concrete pavement.

    Zone 3: Coastal Beaches aims to represent the coastal zone located on the eastern side of the Valley. This zone is targeted at younger children and features a 22 metre long fully accessible ship. This item is supported by many inclusive play elements including a sand play station, sand box, diggers, a see saw, spinners, musical and sensory instruments. The primary softfall is certified playground sand with nodes of rubber softfall providing access to all inclusive play elements.

    Supporting facilities detailed in the concept plan meet the Service Level Objectives for a Regional Playground adopted through the Playground Policy. The playground zones and supporting facilities are connected by a pathway and playground edging which also supports a riding track. Other supporting facilities include a public toilet, picnic facilities, BBQs, shade structures, park furniture, bins and a drinking water station. The playground is design to incorporate rules sign, communication boards, interpretive sign and a sponsorship sign, which may feature elements of community design and artwork. Other key features include park lighting, playground fencing, an amphitheatre/seating wall, a picture frame feature and a buddy bench. Based on community engagement, the indigenous community will contribute to the park redevelopment through a Yarning Circle at the park entry, interpretive signage, artwork, sensory / bush tucker garden and the use of language.

    Electronic copies of the Concept Plan, 100% Detail Design Report and Opinion of Probable Costs are available from the Document Library. Alternatively, hard copies of the documents are available for viewing at Council’s customer service centres.


  • Community Engagement - Schools Package

    about 2 years ago
    A place called home

    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...

    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.


  • Community Engagement - Pop Up Stalls and Surveys

    about 2 years ago

    An initial action of the working group was to undertake community consultations on the park redevelopment through a series of pop up stalls, surveys and a schools package. A total of five pop up stalls were held at various locations throughout the Valley from the December 2015 to February 2016. During this period children (374) placed dots on their most ‘wanted’ equipment in the park, while parents (192) completed a survey on what they would like to see in terms of the equipment and supporting infrastructure.




    An initial action of the working group was to undertake community consultations on the park redevelopment through a series of pop up stalls, surveys and a schools package. A total of five pop up stalls were held at various locations throughout the Valley from the December 2015 to February 2016. During this period children (374) placed dots on their most ‘wanted’ equipment in the park, while parents (192) completed a survey on what they would like to see in terms of the equipment and supporting infrastructure.




  • Clarence Valley Regional Playground Working Group

    about 2 years ago

    The Clarence Valley Regional Playground Working Group was established in October 2015 as a sunset Committee for the term of the development of the concept design. Membership was by submission of an Expression of Interest. The objectives of the Working Group were to develop a concept design for the redevelopment of Jacaranda Park, Grafton.

    The current working group membership represents a diverse range of community stakeholders:

    • Cr Jason Kinglsey (Clarence Valley Council);

    • Cr Arthur Lysaught (Clarence Valley Council);

    • Amy Byrnes (Community member, CRANES);

    • Katrina Heathcote (Department of Family and Community Services);

    • Jo Hobbins (CRANES);

    • Rosemary Laurie (Grafton Ngerrie Aboriginal Land...

    The Clarence Valley Regional Playground Working Group was established in October 2015 as a sunset Committee for the term of the development of the concept design. Membership was by submission of an Expression of Interest. The objectives of the Working Group were to develop a concept design for the redevelopment of Jacaranda Park, Grafton.

    The current working group membership represents a diverse range of community stakeholders:

    • Cr Jason Kinglsey (Clarence Valley Council);

    • Cr Arthur Lysaught (Clarence Valley Council);

    • Amy Byrnes (Community member, CRANES);

    • Katrina Heathcote (Department of Family and Community Services);

    • Jo Hobbins (CRANES);

    • Rosemary Laurie (Grafton Ngerrie Aboriginal Land Council; Department of Family and Community Services);

    • Andrea Laurie (Birrigan Gargle Local Aboriginal Land Council; Gummyaney Aboriginal Pre School); &

    • Peter Dickson-Smith (Clarence Valley Access Committee).

    Former working group membership included:
    • former Cr Craig Howe (Clarence Valley Council); &
    • Bridget Isichei (Goodstart Early Learning)

    The working group is supported by Clarence Valley Council Open Spaces officers.
  • Playground Strategic Planning

    about 2 years ago
    Playground strategic planning

    The adopted Open Spaces Strategic Plan 2012 was prepared to guide the future direction for open spaces management for Council to 2021 and beyond. The following general strategy and actions for Jacaranda Park are listed within the plan:

    • upgrade to a regional/destination park to cater for a range of age groups;

    • fence the playground;

    • install playground equipment for children with a disability; and

    • develop a road safety bike track.

    The Playground Asset Management Plan (AMP) Scenario3 Version 1 and Playground Policy were adopted 18 August 2015 (ITEM 14.142/15) to strategically plan and set out guidelines for the provision of Council...

    The adopted Open Spaces Strategic Plan 2012 was prepared to guide the future direction for open spaces management for Council to 2021 and beyond. The following general strategy and actions for Jacaranda Park are listed within the plan:

    • upgrade to a regional/destination park to cater for a range of age groups;

    • fence the playground;

    • install playground equipment for children with a disability; and

    • develop a road safety bike track.

    The Playground Asset Management Plan (AMP) Scenario3 Version 1 and Playground Policy were adopted 18 August 2015 (ITEM 14.142/15) to strategically plan and set out guidelines for the provision of Council playgrounds. A staged process over several years for the construction of a regional playground at Jacaranda Park is identified in the Playgrounds AMP renewal and capital works program, while the Playground Policy defines the Council’s Playground Service Hierarchy and Service Level Objectives.

    Electronic copies of the above mentioned documents are available from the Document Library.