Armidale Regional Council received a $999,700 State Government grant for a new playground to be constructed in the community.
There have been a lot of preliminary investigations and planning for the project, starting with identifying the best site for the playground. Five potential sites were considered and analysed in terms of accessibility, public safety and ensuring the location complements the central business district as a whole.
Council needed to make sure the location works in with a masterplan for the region, to foster the CBD as a vibrant community hub which is inviting for people throughout the region to shop, have fun and socialise. With Curtis Park now confirmed as the site, soil sampling and preliminary site preparations has been completed and .
Council worked with archaeology experts at the University of New England’s School to identity the heritage significance of Curtis Park – which was once the heart of Armidale – as part of planning for the Armidale Regional Adventure Playground. The collaboration included locating the foundations of a number of buildings that were central to life in Armidale, before public buildings and other permanent structures were moved away from the floodplain. This information will be extremely valuable in guiding the playground design, to work around existing structure beneath the park’s surface, but can also show how that heritage could be incorporated into the playground and surrounding public space.
Curtis Park Playground is now complete and is open to the public.
CCTV is currently being installed at the park.