Edinburgh Reserve - proposed upgrades and inclusive playspace

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Consultation has concluded

Council decision/outcomes

During the consultation period, a total of 118 feedback form responses were received regarding this proposal. As an overall summary, 70% (83 people) indicated they were in support, 29% 34 people) were opposed and 1% (1 person) was neutral. Three written submissions were also received about this proposal, as well as additional email feedback.

At its meeting on Tuesday 8 December 2020, Council considered the feedback received from the community and made the decision to proceed with the upgrades and inclusive playspace, instructing staff to progress the project to the final stages of detailed design and delivery.

Additionally at the same Council meeting, Council made the decision to apply for a Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program grant to allocate $200,000 for an upgrade to the Edinburgh Road and Montague Road junction.

Minor changes will be made to the design as endorsed by Council, which can be viewed in section 2.14 in the Council Report. It is anticipated construction will commence this financial year (2020-2021).

Read the community engagement outcomes report

Council Report with attachments (Council Meeting - Notice, Agenda & Reports - 8 December 2020 - pages 66-425)

Council minutes - 8 December 2020

Background

We are seeking community feedback about proposed upgrades for Edinburgh Reserve in Modbury, which involves the renewal of the existing playground to an inclusive playspace.

An inclusive playspace provides a range of opportunities for varying levels of play, risk and challenge for all ages and abilities, encourages inter-generational play and allows side by side shared and independent play opportunities.

The concept design seeks to provide the opportunity for all members of the community to rediscover and reconnect with the Dry Creek Corridor. The concept design builds on the existing natural features along the creek, including the existing wetlands, biodiversity areas and existing shade trees, to create different play experiences and zones along the length of the reserve:

  1. A bio-filtration garden which includes an informal pathway with climbing rocks, sandpit and water play, rock steppers and carved totem sculptures
  2. A formalised playspace which includes all ability exercise equipment, quiet play zone, swings, all accessible spinner, climbing structure and trampoline with rubber surface and picnic facilities
  3. Nature Play and Discovery area which includes small carved animals and fairy doors, nature play elements (low balancing logs, timber steppers etc), table and seating

Other upgrades proposed for Edinburgh Reserve include:

  • A small car park and indented parking along Edinburgh Road
  • Improved connections across Montague Road and from Victoria Drive to Elcombe Crescent
  • Provision for the installation of future shade structure/s
  • Toilets suitable for use by people with complex disabilities and their carers

The development of a concept design for Edinburgh Reserve is part of the Dry Creek Corridor Master Plan which Council endorsed in March 2020 and follows consultation we conducted in October 2019 where we asked the community for their ideas about the Council-owned reserves along this corridor.

For more information, please refer to the Information Sheet and Edinburgh Reserve Inclusive Playspace Draft Concept

An Easy Read version of the draft Edinburgh Inclusive Playspace concept design is also available

To get involved:

  • Register here (if you haven't already, otherwise you can sign in when prompted)
  • Provide feedback by completing the online feedback form
  • Have a question? Ask us here Have a look to see what questions have already been answered below

All feedback received will be presented to Council for consideration before any further decisions are made about Edinburgh Reserve.

If you need assistance to participate in this consultation, please call Victoria Masterman on 8397 7444 or email community.engagement@cttg.sa.gov.au


Council decision/outcomes

During the consultation period, a total of 118 feedback form responses were received regarding this proposal. As an overall summary, 70% (83 people) indicated they were in support, 29% 34 people) were opposed and 1% (1 person) was neutral. Three written submissions were also received about this proposal, as well as additional email feedback.

At its meeting on Tuesday 8 December 2020, Council considered the feedback received from the community and made the decision to proceed with the upgrades and inclusive playspace, instructing staff to progress the project to the final stages of detailed design and delivery.

Additionally at the same Council meeting, Council made the decision to apply for a Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program grant to allocate $200,000 for an upgrade to the Edinburgh Road and Montague Road junction.

Minor changes will be made to the design as endorsed by Council, which can be viewed in section 2.14 in the Council Report. It is anticipated construction will commence this financial year (2020-2021).

Read the community engagement outcomes report

Council Report with attachments (Council Meeting - Notice, Agenda & Reports - 8 December 2020 - pages 66-425)

Council minutes - 8 December 2020

Background

We are seeking community feedback about proposed upgrades for Edinburgh Reserve in Modbury, which involves the renewal of the existing playground to an inclusive playspace.

An inclusive playspace provides a range of opportunities for varying levels of play, risk and challenge for all ages and abilities, encourages inter-generational play and allows side by side shared and independent play opportunities.

The concept design seeks to provide the opportunity for all members of the community to rediscover and reconnect with the Dry Creek Corridor. The concept design builds on the existing natural features along the creek, including the existing wetlands, biodiversity areas and existing shade trees, to create different play experiences and zones along the length of the reserve:

  1. A bio-filtration garden which includes an informal pathway with climbing rocks, sandpit and water play, rock steppers and carved totem sculptures
  2. A formalised playspace which includes all ability exercise equipment, quiet play zone, swings, all accessible spinner, climbing structure and trampoline with rubber surface and picnic facilities
  3. Nature Play and Discovery area which includes small carved animals and fairy doors, nature play elements (low balancing logs, timber steppers etc), table and seating

Other upgrades proposed for Edinburgh Reserve include:

  • A small car park and indented parking along Edinburgh Road
  • Improved connections across Montague Road and from Victoria Drive to Elcombe Crescent
  • Provision for the installation of future shade structure/s
  • Toilets suitable for use by people with complex disabilities and their carers

The development of a concept design for Edinburgh Reserve is part of the Dry Creek Corridor Master Plan which Council endorsed in March 2020 and follows consultation we conducted in October 2019 where we asked the community for their ideas about the Council-owned reserves along this corridor.

For more information, please refer to the Information Sheet and Edinburgh Reserve Inclusive Playspace Draft Concept

An Easy Read version of the draft Edinburgh Inclusive Playspace concept design is also available

To get involved:

  • Register here (if you haven't already, otherwise you can sign in when prompted)
  • Provide feedback by completing the online feedback form
  • Have a question? Ask us here Have a look to see what questions have already been answered below

All feedback received will be presented to Council for consideration before any further decisions are made about Edinburgh Reserve.

If you need assistance to participate in this consultation, please call Victoria Masterman on 8397 7444 or email community.engagement@cttg.sa.gov.au


Consultation has concluded

Ask us a question about the proposed upgrades and inclusive playspace for Edinburgh Reserve and we'll get back to you. Questions and answers will also be published on this website.

Note: please do not send questions here that are not relevant to this proposal. Questions about general Council matters can be directed to customerservice@cttg.sa.gov.au

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    As long as no trees are cut down then I’m all for it!! Good job!

    Lauren knope asked almost 2 years ago

    Good morning Lauren 

    Thank you for your comment regarding Edinburgh Reserve proposed upgrades and inclusive playspace. 

    Kind regards, Jo

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    Hello, My question is why? Why do we need another playground? I don't think you should go ahead with this plan for a number of reasons, like there is already a big playground at Civic park, I'm pretty sure we don't need another thanks. The current playground at Edinburgh Reserve is small and simple but that's what's good about it. It's peaceful and quiet and that's how most people prefer it. There's a nice peaceful creek at Edinburgh and I like to enjoy its natural and peaceful environment. I fear when this gets built all they will be in the creek is plastic and rubbish.

    M. asked over 2 years ago

    Hi M


    Thank you for your question, the answer is provided below:


    The proposed Edinburgh Reserve Inclusive Playspace is an upgrade of the existing playground not an additional playspace. The existing playground has reached the end of its asset life and needs to be replaced as a priority. There is also a shortage of all inclusive playspaces in the city.


    Edinburgh Reserve is the preferred location for an inclusive playspace as it strongly aligns with the elements of the Inclusive Play Guidelines. The design has been assessed against these guidelines and achieves 49 of the 50 elements in the checklist, with one element to be considered in the detailed development of the design. These guidelines have been developed by the Department of Human Services with input from adults and children with a disability, families and carers and people who work in the sector. They provide a comprehensive checklist for best practice inclusive play design and aim to inspire innovative design solutions.  

    Other locations for the playspace have been considered across the city, however there are limited locations which provide the ideal setting for a playspace of this nature.


    Provided below is a summary of the detailed analysis undertaken informing the location for the playspace in Edinburgh Reserve:


    • Easily accessed by a range of transport options and from key transport hubs, allowing all users to be able to access the site independently. Refer to Attachment 6 for a map of public transport options and path connections in walking distance of Edinburgh Reserve. Further there is direct access along the Dry Creek shared use path from Wynn Vale to Valley View
    • Bus stops on Reservoir Road, Montague Road, McIntyre Road and North East Road can be accessed within walking distance and have designated road crossing points or traffic lights to cross main arterial roads. The bus stops provide direct connections to: 
      • Tea Tree Plaza
      • Golden Grove
      • Elizabeth City Centre
      • Adelaide CBD via the O-Bahn and North East Road
      • Marion Interchange
    • It is in close proximity to the centre of Modbury (approximately a 6 minute walk from Civic Park), close to cafes, restaurants and shopping
    • For those who experience social or sensory challenges the playground is ideally located away from the following: 
      • High use/active areas i.e. sports grounds, sports courts, skate parks etc. 
      • Areas where noise levels can become excessive due to surrounding infrastructure, transport corridors and facilities 
      • Facilities which encourage gathering of large numbers of dogs, i.e. dog parks
      • High speed and/or high traffic volume roads which also allows for safer parking and vehicle access and manoeuvrability. Indented parking can be constructed with relative ease which improves vehicular access.
    • There are a variety of access points into the reserve that allow for a graduated approach to the playspace providing a quiet and calm environment
    • There is room for transition zones into the playspace allowing users to build confidence and comfort in engaging with play at the peripheral, and can overtime integrate into the main playspace through participation in quiet zones and moving into more active zones
    • The location provides accessibility to natural play elements
    • The existing playspace is at the end of its asset life and is due for renewal
    • The site has the capacity to support the playspace and all associated infrastructure and provides a unique experience for users when considering the location of existing and planned inclusive facilities within South Australia. The reserve has direct access to a linear park corridor and creek allowing users to explore beyond the boundaries of the playspace.


    Kind regards


    Victoria

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    Hi, it's mentioned that the new design will build on the existing natural features of the area including shade trees. Can you confirm that there will be no removal of any significant trees in the area as part of this project?

    Adam asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Adam

    Thank you for your question, the answer to your question is below:

    Yes, we can confirm that no significant trees will be removed as part of this project. Council’s arboriculture team is part of the project team to ensure that the significant trees are protected through all stages of the project.

    Kind regards

    Victoria

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    What is the budget/cost estimate for this Edinburgh Reserve project? Where does the project appear in the Council budget? Who were the 'key stakeholders' who were 'engaged' (see Project Information Sheet) in the adoption of this plan? Has any study of the demographics of the area been undertaken to support the claimed benefits/usage?

    Longranger asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Longranger, thanks for your questions. We have answered each of them separately below:

    What is the budget/cost estimate for the project?

    The budget for the Dry Creek Corridor Stage 1 is $1.7 million, this includes an allocation of $1.2 million to Edinburgh Reserve and $500,000 for Solandra Reserve. 

    Where does the project appear in the Council budget?

    The budget is identified in the Capital Works section of the Annual Business Plan 2020-2021.  Council’s contribution is 50% of the budget ($850,000) the other 50% is funded by the State Government through the Places for People and Open Space Grant Funding program.

    A copy of the Annual Business Plan can be found via the link below:

    Annual Business Plan 2020-2021

    Who were the 'key stakeholders' who were 'engaged' (see Project Information Sheet) in the adoption of this plan?

    The Project Information Sheet refers to two plans:

    • Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2020-2024 (DAIP) and;
    • Draft concept plan for the Edinburgh Reserve Inclusive Playspace


    Disability Action and Inclusion Plan

    The SA Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (the Act) came into effect on 1 July 2018 and recognised that a stronger commitment to access and inclusion planning for people living with disability was needed. 

    Feedback on the draft DAIP for the City of Tea Tree Gully was sought from key contacts in local schools and over 70 community organisations that deliver services to people living with disability and their carers in the City of Tea Tree Gully. A copy of the endorsed DAIP can be found via the link below:

    Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2020-2024 

    Edinburgh Reserve Inclusive Playspace

    At its meeting on 24 March 2020 Council supported the establishment of a reference group to participate in targeted stakeholder engagement to inform the development of designs for the Edinburgh Reserve Inclusive Playspace. Nominations were sought from the following sectors:

    • People with disability (and/or lived experience caring for a person with a disability)
    • Key education and community groups that have experience with disability and the ageing
    • Interested Elected Members


    The reference group includes specialists from the ageing and disability sectors (i.e. physiotherapist, occupational therapists) and interested elected members:

    • ECH 
    • Ferros Care 
    • Novita
    • Variety
    • Can:Do
    • Cr Lyn Petrie (experience with people with a lived disability)
    • Cr Alicia Schlueter (experience with people with a lived disability)
    • Mayor Knight expressed an interest but did not attend the workshops


    Feedback provided by the reference group and the organisations/groups they represent has been incorporated into the draft concept design.

    Further design was informed by the Inclusive Play – guidelines for accessible playspaces  (the guidelines), released by the State Government in December 2019. 

    The guidelines inform the planning, design and delivery of playspaces that are inclusive of all ages and abilities.  A working group assisted with the development of the guidelines with representatives from local government, non-government organisations, peak disability groups, planning and architecture bodies and education and recreation groups including: 

    • Architecture and Access
    • Autism SA
    • Can:Do
    • City of Adelaide
    • City of Marion
    • City of Playford
    • Commissioner for Children and Young People
    • Community Centres SA
    • Community Visitor Scheme
    • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
    • Disability Recreation and Sports SA
    • Department of Education
    • Inclusive Sport SA
    • Kalaya Children’s Group
    • Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing
    • Office of the Hon Michelle Lensink MLC
    • Playgroup SA
    • Purple Orange


    The guidelines were also informed by over 235 people who provided feedback during the consultation period including:

    • Children and adults who live with disability
    • Those who care for a child with disability
    • Parents, guardians, carers and grandparents of people with a disability 
    • People who work in the disability sector.


    Has any study of the demographics of the area been undertaken to support the claimed benefits/usage?

    Yes, the City of Tea Tree Gully has used demographic data as well as other data relevant to the local area and the whole of the City to develop an understanding of need and inform planning and design. This data is provided by REMPLAN, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), and State and Federal Government. 

    Kind regards, Sarah