Belgrave South Recreation Reserve
Yarra Ranges Shire Council, Wesburn, 2017 – 2018
Pollen Studio were invited to develop detailed designs for the redevelopment of the Belgrave South Recreation Reserve playspace in the Shire of Yarra Ranges. The enhanced playspace will benefit the community and become an invaluable contribution to the open space network of Yarra Ranges.Pollen was advised by previous feasibility and concept plans to undertake a nature play based design that would play upon its environmental context. The playspace is nestled amongst copse of native gum trees, and has in turn informed the theme of the site to be ‘amongst the treetops’, or ‘The Treehouse’.Council’s request to include a sense of vibrancy to the playspace translated into a bright, netted structure which enables climbing, exploring and opportunity for a range of age groups to gather. This encourages the development of physical skills, as well as social and behavioural skills in an interesting setting perched amongst the treetops.
Additional play elements for juniors and seating for carers ensure the proposed space caters for all age groups. Construction of Belgrave South was completed in late 2018.