National Playspace Design Awards

The Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards (the Awards) are held every 2 years to recognise excellence and innovation in the provision of safe, creative playspaces across Australia and showcase what designers and builders can achieve in public places, schools and education and care centres.

An award winning playspace offers a wide range of play activities including challenge areas for climbing and balancing; discovery areas for exploring and pretend play; a place where children of all ages and abilities feel included and comfortable to stay for a while. They may even include trees and boulders for climbing and scrambling!!!!!

The next Awards are scheduled for 2018.

2016 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards

WIinners Anounced!

National Kidsafe Day, Tuesday 25 October 2016

About The Awards

The 2016 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards (the Awards) recognise excellence and innovation in the provision of safe, creative playspaces. The Awards are open to playground owners, service providers, design professionals, students, and landscapers from across Australia.

This is a great opportunity to showcase playspace design in action!

The Awards aim to promote inspirational, innovative, best practice play facilities that encourage healthy participation in recreational activities for all children.


The winners are:

EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICES

Winner:   Wandana Outdoor Learning Area, Gillies Plains, South Australia

Highly Commended:   Fit Kidz Putney Playspace, Putney, NSW

SCHOOLS

Winner:   Skywalker Playground, Kellyville Public School, Kellyville, NSW

Highly Commended:   Mater Dei School, Camden, NSW

PUBLIC PLAYSPACES CATEGORY A <$500K

Winner:   Eyre Park All Abilities Regional Playspace, Middleton , Western Australia 

Highly Commended:   Phoenix Park Playspace, Drummoyne, NSW

PUBLIC PLAYSPACES CATEGORY B $500K – $1M

Winner:   Valley Reserve SPARC, Mt Waverley, Victoria

Highly Commended:   Sydney Park Bike Track, St Peters, NSW

PUBLIC PUBLIC PLAYSPACES CATEGORY C >$1M

Winner:   Playford Alive Town Park, Munno Para, South Australia

Highly Commended:   Early Start Discovery Space, University of Wollongong, NSW

LEYCESTER MEARES MEMORIAL AWARD

Special Recognition for Innovative Design: The Happy Garden, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, NSW

Click below to view the winners of the 2016 Awards:


 

2014 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards

Winners Anounced!

The 2014 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards recognise excellence and innovation in the provision of safe, creative  playspaces across Australia.

The judges were excited by the quality and diversity of designs. The playspaces were inspirational and encourage healthy participation in recreational activities for all children.

View the 2014 Award Winners

The winners are:

EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICES

Winner:  James Nash Landscape Architect & Casino West Little Jarjums Preschool

Riverfarm Project

Highly Commended:   Outerspace Landscape Architects & SA Department of Education and Child Development

Aboriginal Children’s and Family Centres Project

  • Gabmididi Manoo Children & Family Centre (Whyalla); 
  • Ngura Yadurirn Children & Family Centre (Ceduna); 
  • Taikurrendi Children & Family Centre  (Christie’s Beach).

Highly Commended:  Tessa Rose Playspace & Landscape Design s Services

SDN Beranga Education and Care Centre Project

SCHOOLS

Winner:   Jeremy Ferrier Landscape Architect, Eureka Landscapes, Urban Play & Anglican Church Grammar School

Anglican Church Grammar School Prep Play Project

Highly Commended:   Inclusive through Design & Auburn Public School

Sensory Garden Project

INNOVATIVE DESIGN ELEMENTS

Winner:  The Gardenmakers  & Bondi Public School

Bondi Public School Project

Highly Commended:   Tract Consultants with Honeyweather and Speight  & Victoria C4 P/L

Circa 1886 Grotto Project

PUBLIC PLAYSPACES CATEGORY A <$500K

Winner:  City of Greater Bendigo

Bendigo Botanic Gardens Heritage Playspace Project

Highly Commended:  Jeavons Landscape Architects  & City of Darebin

Merri Park Playground Project

Highly Commended:   Josh Byrne and Associates & City of Busselton

Yallingup Play Space Project

PUBLIC PLAYSPACES CATEGORY B $500K – $1M

Winner:  Jeavons Landscape Architects & Murrindindi Shire Council

Bollygum Adventure Playground Project

Highly Commended:   Aspect Oculus  & City of Melbourne with Lend Lease

Buluk Park Playspace Project

Highly Commended:   Group GSA in association with Ric McConaghy & Western Sydney Parklands Trust

Plough and Harrow Play Area Renewal Project

PUBLIC PLAYSPACES CATEGORY >$1M

Winner:   Jeavons Landscape Architects & Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo  Growing Wild Project

Highly Commended:   ASPECT Studios & Renewal SA

Port Adelaide Renewal: Hart’s Mill Surrounds Project

LEYCESTER MEARES BEQUEST AWARD

Special Recognision

Urban Landscape Projects & Balgowlah North Public School

Kulkana Before and After School Care Project

Kidsafe 2012 National Playspace Design Awards

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Winners Announced!

Once again Kidsafe (Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia) has found the most innovative best practice playspaces that inspire children and encourage them to join in healthy play. The Kidsafe 2012 National Playspace Design Awards, announced on National Kidsafe Day (23rdOctober), demonstrate what can be achieved in public places, schools and children’s services. These Awards recognise excellence and innovation in providing safe, creative playspaces for children across Australia.

Those wondering what makes an award winning playspace would appreciate its attention to detail as well as safety standards that still let children take a few risks and enjoy exciting challenges. They offer a wide range of play activities such as climbing, balancing and pretend play so that kids of all ages and abilities feel included and comfortable to stay for a while. Many include natural features like native plantings to attract local wildlife, or boulders and timber structures to climb. People may be surprised to find that children themselves often direct the design of their play spaces by being consulted and engaged in the design and construction process, leading to genuine child friendly spaces.

The entries are judged by a multi-disciplinary panel of experts from Kidsafe, children’s services, education, engineering, injury prevention, design and local government. The judges were looking for quality, safety, fun factor and evidence that playspace providers had consulted with children. They commented on the outstanding quality of this year’s entries and reported that the high standard of playspaces developed right around the nation was very impressive.

The results are as follows:


CHILDRENS SERVICES

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Winner:   Bubup Wilam Centre for Early Learning, Thomastown Vic

Highly Commended:   Inaburra Preschool, Bangor NSW

Highly Commended:   St Linus’ Anglican Kindergarten Playspace and Community Gathering Space, Merlynston Vic


SCHOOLS

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Winner: Parklands Grass Hill Playground, Albany WA

Highly Commended:  Burton Primary School and Preschool, SA

Highly Commended:  Jacaranda Hideaway, Hunters Hill Primary School, NSW


INNOVATIVE DESIGN ELEMENTS

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Winner:  Toxteth Kindergarten: Natural Enchanted Forest, Annandale NSW

Highly Commended:   Interactive Mural, Livvi’s Place, Five Dock NSW

Highly Commended:  Playground Mulch Trial NSW


PUBLIC PLAYSPACES – UP TO $500 000

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Winner:  Kookaburra Playground, Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside NSW

Highly Commended:  Wombat Waterhole, Hazelwood Park SA

Highly Commended:  Bald Hill Playspace, Clarinda Vic


PUBLIC PLAYSPACES – $500 000 – $1M

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Winner:  Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Playspace Vic

Highly Commended:  Yarra Glen Adventure Playground, Vic


PUBLIC PLAYSPACES – OVER $1M

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Winner:  Darling Quarter, Darling Harbour NSW

Highly Commended:  Yokine Playground, Yokine WA  


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