Cooke Park Playground - Maple St, Maleny

The much loved Cooke Park playground required removal as it presented safety issues. Safety is council’s top priority and this damage was beyond repair. Council is now evaluating options for fun and educational replacement playground equipment and welcomes community input.

Background

Council recently undertook investigations into the structural stability of the timber play hut. Initially council was looking to replace just the exterior posts. However, it was discovered the main structural support had extensive rot resulting in the whole structure needing to be replaced.

Council has listened to the Maleny community’s concerns about the initial proposed play equipment and would like to gain additional comment before proceeding with construction.

Proposed new playground options

Council is presenting the initial proposed playground as an option, in addition to an alternative. Council also welcomes other comments, however it is important to note that, as with all infrastructure projects, there are budget limitations. See images of both options over page. As part of this project a new connecting path and gate on Fig St will be installed along with 3 new shade trees near the picnic settings.

Option 1

The initial proposed playground is inspired by the existing artwork at the entry of the playground, and is intended to be a fun, educational and whimsical play structure with focus on bugs and insects found in gardens.

The structure has a number of fun elements to engage kids in different types of play including climbing, sliding, free movement, balance and role play.

This proposed structure is a combination of durable play elements, many of which are made from sustainable recycled materials. This includes green steel (painted to improve its longevity) with ‘modwood’ panels and ladder. ‘Modwood’ is a material that looks like wood, but lasts longer.

It includes an interpretive panel shows kids the different parts of a bee, a ‘find a bug’ game, flower toppers provide a fun element to the look of the play structure and a new swing set. There is also a long caterpillar tunnel, with long-lasting vibrant colours, to provide an adventure experience for kids.

Option 1 could be installed before Christmas 2017 (weather permitting).

Option 2

Option 2 is inspired by the previous play structure. Along with a timber play hut the structure may also include a spider web climbing net, monkey bars, bridges, slide balance poles and a climbing wall to provide a variety of different play opportunities for kids.

The majority of the structure will be timber on steel stirrups with ‘modwood’ decking to improve the longevity of the structure. Elements like the monkey bars, balance poles and rope ladder will be made from steel and steel reinforced rope.

Construction for Option 2 would not be able to start until March/April 2018 pending contractor availability.

Have your say

Council collected your feedback on the proposed playground designs.

Submissions closed 5pm, 3 November 2017.

The much loved Cooke Park playground required removal as it presented safety issues. Safety is council’s top priority and this damage was beyond repair. Council is now evaluating options for fun and educational replacement playground equipment and welcomes community input.

Background

Council recently undertook investigations into the structural stability of the timber play hut. Initially council was looking to replace just the exterior posts. However, it was discovered the main structural support had extensive rot resulting in the whole structure needing to be replaced.

Council has listened to the Maleny community’s concerns about the initial proposed play equipment and would like to gain additional comment before proceeding with construction.

Proposed new playground options

Council is presenting the initial proposed playground as an option, in addition to an alternative. Council also welcomes other comments, however it is important to note that, as with all infrastructure projects, there are budget limitations. See images of both options over page. As part of this project a new connecting path and gate on Fig St will be installed along with 3 new shade trees near the picnic settings.

Option 1

The initial proposed playground is inspired by the existing artwork at the entry of the playground, and is intended to be a fun, educational and whimsical play structure with focus on bugs and insects found in gardens.

The structure has a number of fun elements to engage kids in different types of play including climbing, sliding, free movement, balance and role play.

This proposed structure is a combination of durable play elements, many of which are made from sustainable recycled materials. This includes green steel (painted to improve its longevity) with ‘modwood’ panels and ladder. ‘Modwood’ is a material that looks like wood, but lasts longer.

It includes an interpretive panel shows kids the different parts of a bee, a ‘find a bug’ game, flower toppers provide a fun element to the look of the play structure and a new swing set. There is also a long caterpillar tunnel, with long-lasting vibrant colours, to provide an adventure experience for kids.

Option 1 could be installed before Christmas 2017 (weather permitting).

Option 2

Option 2 is inspired by the previous play structure. Along with a timber play hut the structure may also include a spider web climbing net, monkey bars, bridges, slide balance poles and a climbing wall to provide a variety of different play opportunities for kids.

The majority of the structure will be timber on steel stirrups with ‘modwood’ decking to improve the longevity of the structure. Elements like the monkey bars, balance poles and rope ladder will be made from steel and steel reinforced rope.

Construction for Option 2 would not be able to start until March/April 2018 pending contractor availability.

Have your say

Council collected your feedback on the proposed playground designs.

Submissions closed 5pm, 3 November 2017.