The residents of Chinchilla are thrilled with their new water park, specially themed around the town’s iconic watermelon fame. We were able to create a design that would highlight the unique identity of the town, incorporating custom paintwork to the massive dumping bucket, and bespoke water melon themed pieces delivering aquatic fun throughout the splash pad.
All this fun has a serious side however, and Playscape Creations delivered structural and hydraulic design with plant room layout and hydraulic services for the splash pad, and completed all construction services alongside the overall commissioning of the Botanic Gardens and parklands. Water management and filtration utilises water-saving technology to ensure no more than the equivalent of a small household’s daily water consumption is used for each day of operation – essential in an area where water is such a precious resource..
It’s not all about the Water Park for the residents however. Created on the site of the old Chinchilla Railway Depot, Mayor Paul McVeigh said “Delivering this wonderful community garden project … is the fruition of a concept that was first canvassed back in the 1970’s…”. Partly funded by the QLD Government’s ‘Building Our Regions’ fund in conjunction with Western Downs Regional Council, the overall undertaking took almost a year from the first sod turning to its grand community opening.
The Botanic Gardens increase biodiversity by providing a safe home for native animals, birds and insects – 14,000 plants have been planted so far, 3km of pathways laid and 5 scarred trees (estimated to be over 170 years old) have been preserved to their original location. The Megafauna Discovery area features the prehistoric Diprotodon which used to inhabit the area, a giant wombat and the largest known marsupial..
Surrounded by plenty of lawn space for picnics and activity, the area will be utilised for town events and recreation – encouraging visitors to the region to stay and play longer. Recently taking out the “Next Big Thing” competition, the town now boasts “the Big Watermelon” near the gardens – all helping to draw locals and travellers to enjoy the great liveability of the region.
International Green Flag Award Media Coverage: Win News Toowoomba – 6 November 2019
Opening Media Coverage: 7 News Toowoomba – 28 May 2019
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