A small neighbourhood park is delivered particularly well, creating a distinct sense of place and making the most of minimal land in a new residential development.
Bluestone Park is a small neighbourhood park which was developed as part of the larger Stonefields subdivision in Mt Wellington. It was one of the first two neighbourhood reserves to be built within the development.
Bluestone Park embodies the idea of play in every aspect of the design. Colourful bands of soft native grasses, oval red paths (which have enough gradient to gather speed on wheels), a central open lawn area and a compact playground with central adventure trail are all features of the park.
Providing a safe and fun environment was a key outcome of this project. The red oxide concrete paths have an acid etch finish rather than exposed to minimize grazing. Extensive garden beds provide division between the playground and the road and the strategic location of trees and garden beds has reduced the need for bollards.
The compact playground offers something for all ages. Junior and senior play structures are linked with the adventure trail (seating, balancing, stepping, and negotiating) which incorporates volcanic forest type trees and bluestone boulders sourced from the quarry.
Natural Habitats were engaged by Landco Land Developments (now Todd Property Group) in April 2008 to provide developed, detail and contract observation Landscape Architectural services for the reserves within the Stonefields development. Concept plans for all reserves had been produced by James Lord of Surface Design, a San Francisco based urban design consultancy.