2019 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award of Excellence for Play Spaces

Sea Play on the Bay, Busselton by Plan E

Jury citation:

Sea Play on the Bay encapsulates the spirit of Busselton’s maritime history and draws on the city’s coastal environment. With distinctive vertical elements that add excitement, scale, a sense of movement and high-seas drama, the playground is a striking major attraction of the foreshore development.

Exploration and discovery are encouraged through a variety of play opportunities for all ages, with areas designated for all abilities. A clipper ship is the centrepiece of the dry-play space – an area that provides physical challenges including swinging, climbing and balance – while the wet-play space is an apt feature for this coastal location.

The jury commended the use of non-traditional, bespoke play elements and dramatic lighting to extend playground patronage, allowing users to enjoy the space during the day and at night.
Sea Play on the Bay is proving to be an iconic part of the ever-improving Busselton foreshore and tourist precinct.

Location: Busselton (WA)

Aboriginal Nation: Wardandi Group, Noongar Nation

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