Located in a green nature belt, The Lakes Reserve is a flagship site for Brimbank City Council . “The park is based around a series of large wetlands which filter stormwater for the surrounding catchment area. The design aims to provide a range of specific recreational activities whilst drawing inspiration from the lake environment.” (Extract from Hansen Partnership website, who prepared the initial concept design in 2007 for The Lakes Reserve in Taylor’s Lakes).
As such, the identity of the park redevelopment was to align, in context and scale, to the character of the Reserve and to the iconic, already established “fish-like structure that curves its way through the playground”. This original structure, while lacking in play value, was structurally sound and precious to the local community, so Council decided to refresh it instead of demolishing and building a new structure.
Proludic’s analysis of the existing playspace and surrounding areas at The Lakes Reserve was undertaken over three site visits. The information gathered in regards to the views, heights, play activities, site context, users, and materials has driven the strategy of Proludic’s design approach and proposals.