Students plan their own park

Comet Bay College students Hanneke Wuisma, Jack Notman, Alycia Barker, Rick Wood, Alexis Good, Lliam Atherton, Emily Ballagher, Caitlin Keenan and Kassandra Roderick.
Comet Bay College students Hanneke Wuisma, Jack Notman, Alycia Barker, Rick Wood, Alexis Good, Lliam Atherton, Emily Ballagher, Caitlin Keenan and Kassandra Roderick.

Peet will consider the ideas as it develops the 1.4ha beach-themed park as part of the Department of Housing’s Golden Bay estate. It will feature a ‘wave’ style slide, surfboard balancing play equipment, barbecue and picnic facilities, a half basketball court, football goals, a shaded area and public art.

It is already under construction on Carlindie Parkway and scheduled to open in time for spring.

Comet Bay College’s Dean of Academic Excellence Jenny Burton said the experience gave the students a great insight into the planning process and helped make them feel included in their own local community.

‘In the students’ words it was ‘awesome’,’ she said. ‘They enjoyed the opportunity to express their own ideas and see for themselves that people genuinely value the opinions of the younger generation.’

The coastal-inspired park is one of many outdoor spaces in the new beachside estate.

A landscaped playground on the corner of Thundelarra Drive and Tangadee Road in Golden Bay is already open and was the location of the community’s first family fun day attended by 300 local residents.

Future plans for the estate include an additional eight landscaped parks with play equipment and barbecues, plus a series of foreshore trails accessing the beach.