Carss Park Playspace wins national design award

20/12/2018

Georges River Council’s Carss Bush Park Playspace, in Carss Park, has been crowned a national winner in the 2018 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards.

The Awards are held every two years to recognise excellence and innovation in the provision of safe, creative play spaces across Australia. Carss Bush Park Playspace won Category B - playgrounds with a development value between $500,000 and $1 million, with selection criteria focusing on ‘nature play’.

Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene said that he is thrilled with the win and the national recognition for the playground. 

“I am extremely proud that the playground at Carss Bush Park has topped the national list of playgrounds in its category for the Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards,” said Mayor Greene.

“We are committed to building quality park and recreational facilities for our community, and it is wonderful that the playground was selected for both its design, and the natural elements of Carss Park, that lend themselves so well to exploration and education.”

Award-winning entrants were selected for their ability to offer children immersive experiences in nature, including tree-climbing, exploring creeks and discovering insects.

Kay Lockhart, Manager at the Kidsafe NSW Playground Advisory Unit, explained why Carss Park Playspace was a superior candidate for the awards. 

“The playground, which is positioned in a natural setting, offers a great opportunity for diverse and inclusive play with a large variety of equipment custom built to imitate local fauna.”

The Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards recognise excellence and innovation in the provision of safe, creative play spaces across Australia. 19 national leaders in play space design were recognised in the 2018 Awards, with 50  submissions across five categories. 

The Awards showcase the achievements of communities working with educators, designers and the playground industry to create amazing play environments in public spaces, schools and education and care services.