Play integral to Alkimos Beach estate

Dominic McGuire and Michelle McIntosh with Ruby (3), Millie (6) and Ronnie (1)... the family loves the park facilities. Picture: Tony McDonough
Dominic McGuire and Michelle McIntosh with Ruby (3), Millie (6) and Ronnie (1)... the family loves the park facilities. Picture: Tony McDonough

With 37 homes under construction at the Alkimos Beach estate, partners LandCorp and Lend Lease recently opened a second park with children’s play areas and barbecue facilities.

Project director Martin Gaedke said LandCorp and Lend Lease spent $2 million on Escarpment Park to ensure the master-planned community offered a central place for residents to interact.

‘Shared spaces are required by residents, not just as a place to play, but as a place to create meaning in the community,’ Mr Gaedke said.

‘They create community by providing places for people to meet, encourage an active lifestyle, and enhance community safety by getting people out and about.

‘We have to think about the entire community demographic when creating parks.

‘We are creating spaces for children, families and teenagers, but also older residents such as empty nesters and retirees that want to exercise or enjoy the surrounding environment.’

The McIntosh and McGuire family have been visiting Escarpment Park since it opened.

‘You can tell it’s going to be great and will really set this community apart from the others in the area,’ Michelle McIntosh said.

Mr Gaedke said a great park extended beyond the direct community, attracting residents from surrounding estates.

‘If a park has a special feature, such as an interesting playground, barbecues and shade, it will become a destination point, attracting people from the broader community, not just the immediate surrounding suburbs,’ he said.