Thirroul Beach Playground

This lovely play space area is located behind Thirroul Beach Pool. We have been engaged by Council to come up with design options based on a comprehensive and thoughtfully conducted consultation with local children, young people and their families. We were excited to learn that Thirroul was famous for its history of Wirth's Circus arrival in 1930's and grabbed this opportunity to respond to childrens' ideas on  circus stories about baby elephant  as it "became bogged in the beach lagoon" (Don Gray, 2010; My Thirroul). This elephant sculpture becomes a focus of the substantial nature play area amidst local palms and a small performance space with drums. Celeste Coucke, the local artist elaborated on our circus and natural themes and included images of local nocturnal animals including flying foxes, possums, sugar gliders and Southern Boobook Owls. Meanwhile, a real 30 m long flying fox is being tested by all ages. If you can get to the top of the line.... ... 

Awards

Winner of a PLAY SPACE AWARD of EXCELLENCE by Parks and Leisure Australia NSW/ACT.

Project

Thirroul Beach Playground

Location

Thirroul Beach north of Wollongong

Client

Wollongong City Council
Budget $ 500 000

Completion

July 2012

Key Consultants

UmbaCo Landscape Architects
Chris Bennetts, Kim Bowman Muzic, Celeste Coucke
and the students of Thirroul Public School and St. Michael's
Contractors : Kompan, Moduplay, Vivarec, Laser Wizard
Landform Gardens, Big City Production