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Thinking outside the square

When Willplay was tasked with creating a play space to suit a broad range of ages, the playground designer and manufacturer came up with an innovative solution designed to spark imaginations and encourage challenge.

Patrick’s Road State School in Ferny Hills, Queensland, recently approached Willplay to design and manufacture its major playground upgrade. The brief involved designing three different zones in the one play area, catering to various skill levels and age groups. An additional element in the brief was to make the play element for the older age group something memorable.

The design process for this project was complicated by the existing infrastructure, concrete paths and retaining walls, prompting WillPlay’s Anthony Elms to think outside the square for the design and layout of the area, ensuring the equipment was functional, fun and compliant to Australian Standards. Rubber softfall was chosen for this project to offer a great looking, low maintenance softfall solution.

The school wanted a play element in an under-utilised garden for its Preps and Year 1 students, designed to encourage imaginative and co-operative play. This was achieved using elements from WillPlay’s popular Fairy Tale Adventure range and newly released Little Town range. Both items are designed to encourage children to create their own storylines and adventures, and play together to help develop their social skills.

The second zone in this play area features a custom system from WillPlay’s PlayPark range of products. The PlayPark range is a customisable play system offering great play value in a very cost effective package. These systems are suitable for a wide age range of users, from Prep to upper primary and offer the opportunity for children of all ages to play together in a fun, safe environment.

Things get exciting in the main area with a Custom Boxie Climber installed to really challenge and push kids to the edge of their comfort zone. Featuring a variety of climbing elements, this Boxie Climber is topped off with a tube slide. Designed to encourage kids to get physical, the Boxie Climb range helps build core strength and develop children’s confidence in their physical abilities, as this range is not designed to be easy. Getting to the top for the first time is a real challenge and flying down the awesome slide is the reward.

“In designing our entire play equipment range, we use Australian recycled plastics, aluminium and stainless steel to ensure exceptional value and life for your investment,” adds Nathan Lee, WillPlay National Sales Manager.

WillPlay offers a full design and construct service and complete turn-key packages including equipment, softfall and shade structures. With representatives and installers all over Australia, WillPlay can turn your next project into something other schools will be envious of.

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