Designs

Washington Park, Riverwood

By Turf Design Studio

  • Washington Park, Riverwood

    Washington Park, Riverwood

  • Washington Park, Riverwood

    Washington Park, Riverwood

  • Washington Park, Riverwood

    Washington Park, Riverwood

  • Washington Park, Riverwood

    Washington Park, Riverwood

  • Washington Park, Riverwood

    Washington Park, Riverwood

  • Washington Park, Riverwood

    Washington Park, Riverwood

  • Washington Park, Riverwood

    Washington Park, Riverwood

About the project

Washington Park lies on the southern bank of Salt Pan Creek Wetlands - a beautiful public space of large ponds and open parkland. Establishing new public spaces and providing seamless connections to those that already exist; the Washington Park development takes full advantage of its prime location. The new landscape creates an ever-changing daily experience.
The wetlands host an abundance of wildlife and public facilities along the bank, including sheltered BBQ areas, playgrounds, community gardens, and a bridge link to an island gazebo.
Trees and understorey plantings have been carefully selected to provide richness in texture, colour and seasonal variation. Summer foliage will provide cool, shaded connections between new apartments, public space, and community facilities. Magnolias will feature throughout in the warmer months, with their large white flowers. Burnt oranges, reds and golds of the deciduous tree avenues feature in the Autumn months, followed by airy and light-filled streets in the winter. A burst of colour comes in spring, when the jacarandas, flame trees, silky oaks, and pear trees are all in flower together.
Two new spaces – Central Park and Garden Square – become the focus of public life in Washington Park, and an important link to the Salt Pan Creek Wetland and Community Facilities beyond.
Garden Square
Garden Square will become the vibrant heart of Riverwood community life. Drawing inspiration from the great squares of southern France, the square is framed by plane trees and an intensity of flowering plants. Two large figs feature in the centre, becoming a shaded oasis for the people in summer months.
A new library, cafe, retail stores, community co-op, and chess facilities frame the square; providing an active and welcoming public arena for people of all ages.
The exclusively pedestrian space will host a hive of activity throughout the year, including markets and community events that establish a highly connected and social place.
Granite cobblestone paving, designer post top lighting, and jarrah timber seating throughout provides a high quality material finish that gives the square a timeless quality and ensures a space that will service public life in perpetuity.
Central Park
Central Park provides a tree-lined promenade along its highest edge, overlooking an open village green with existing mature eucalypts. Timber seating along the park promenade encourages people to pause and relax in the park, and enjoy views down to the wetland. Bleacher steps provide an amphitheatre edge to the promenade, and opportunities for seasonal events such as ‘Carols in the Park’ and open air cinema. The promenade steps down to the Village Green, a large open lawn space perfect for ball games and other active recreation. The Central Park open space continues through to the Salt Pan Creek wetland edge, providing shaded seating areas nestled among native plantings along the way.

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