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Nature Education & Discovery Space

  • Project: Nature Education & Discovery Space

  • Location: Dickens Drive, Centennial Park

  • Project delivery: 2020

  • Project owner: Centennial Parklands

Project Description

Centennial Parklands is a leader in nature play education and active learning. The Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden has been acclaimed by design experts and families alike since opening in 2017, and the Nature Education & Discovery Space is the next stage in the Parklands’ commitment to the children of NSW getting outside, staying active, and connecting with nature.
 
Located near to the WILD PLAY Discovery Centre on Dickens Drive, this outdoor active learning space will provide a multi-purposed education and community zone that facilitates nature-centric learning, training, and play.

The Nature Education & Discovery Space outdoor concept design includes:

  • learning spaces with overhead shelter

  • secure bag storage for students and educators

  • safe and engaging access to Fly Casting Pond

  • Additional elements to support the learning space such as natural fencing and soft landscaping, pathways, and a vehicle drop-off area

The design by transdisciplinary architectural practice AR-MA and landscape architects Taylor Brammer is playful, friendly, and welcoming - leading the way in active learning design to encourage interaction between educators, children and nature.
 
The innovative and imaginative structures of the design are incorporated into and inspired by the immediate environment of Centennial Parklands.
 
Set within the existing woodland landscape, the Nature Education & Discovery Space will be located amongst Casuarina forest and a grassy understory of indigenous ferns and small sedges, Dianella and Lomandra. 
 
The Nature Education & Discovery Space is funded by Centennial Park & Moore Park Trust, NSW Government and donor contributions as part of a wider project that also includes The Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden.

Project Timing & Approvals

Concept design, development, and approvals to be undertaken from April 2020.

In April 2020 Centennial Parklands made a Section 60 application to the NSW Heritage Council. Community feedback on this application can be made via the NSW Heritage Council website once listed.

This project will also be assessed by Centennial Park & Moore Park Trust under Part 5 of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EP&A) which applies to public authorities. 

Construction is expected to be completed in the 2020-2021 financial year.

Works will be staged to minimise inconvenience. Stay up to date with any impacts at centennialparklands.com.au/About-us/Alerts.

Further information

If you have any questions, please contact the Centennial Parklands Office via info@centennialparklands.com.au.

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