The Deerbush Park Playspace project arose from Fairfield Council’s commitment to provide more inclusive open space opportunities for the community. The project will transform a previous aged and tired playground into Fairfield City Council’s first significant accessible playground for the Prairiewood – Wakeley region, supporting the community as well as local schools in the area and the greater Fairfield LGA.
The area is zoned as E2 Environmental Conservation on the Fairfield Local Environmental Plan 2013, meaning it is of ‘high ecological, scientific, cultural and aesthetic value’. As such the development proposals were assessed under a Major REF process, and the design has been finely calibrated to work within these ecological values. At the same time this vegetation provides a unique and special setting for play and discovery.
Environmental Partnership was commissioned by Fairfield Council in 2019 to further develop an initial concept plan for the play space. This design was refined and developed to Tender/ Construction Documentation incorporating multi-disiplinary inputs. In addition to working within the habitat values this design process was integrated with the complex land form of the site which challenges the realisation of the accessible playspace and access system.