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Luke Polkinghorne Reserve

Yarra Ranges Council
Urban Edge Landscape Architects
Mooroolbark, Australia
Councils & Developers | Landscape Architects

“In using Mother Nature as their muse, Yarra Ranges Council has created a unique playground to stimulate their youngest residents’ imagination and creativity, while fostering an important connection to the local environment.”

Jonny Findlay, PGC Sales Consultant

Kids Flock for Bird’s Eye Views

Children will flit from activity to activity, getting higher and higher, until they reach the “nest” at the top of the tower to enjoy a bird’s eye views across this revitalised nature-inspired play space at the popular Luke Polkinghorne Reserve.

Team work makes the dream work

In a project funded jointly by Yarra Ranges Council and the Victorian Government’s Local Parks Revitalisation Grants, our team worked with Urban Edge Landscape Architects to realise Council’s vision of a kids’ activity trail leading to a towering bird’s nest in the popular reserve. Raw timber and rope equipment blend with the local surroundings, further enhanced by natural and informal play elements such as large stones and strategic landscaping.


Cross the wooden bridge over the dry creek bed to be welcomed by Echidna to a popular, revitalised park where music and nature work in harmony to encourage active, imaginative and inclusive fun.

Children can clamber up the commando net, scramble up the rock wall or climb the rope ladder to reach the top of the timber  Octagonal Tower 8308  with its customised roof resembling the haphazardly placed twigs of a bird’s nest.Take the tube slide to the bottom or whiz down the fireman’s pole, to swing along the

Wobbly Wood Monkey Bars Fitness Station and then trip along Tightrope (as include in Activity Trails 2124) to reach the Single Slide Module SC372-1500mm.

Test your balance on the Stepping Logs Fitness Station before taking a turn on the Wobbly Wood Junior Rocker or swinging into some fun on the Flying Saucer - Double Timba Frame . Up to five kids can sit, lie or stand on the basket, while the toddler seat and standard seat cater for those youngsters who prefer to fly solo.

Make your own call of the wild on the Talk Tubes or see what bird song you can compose with the  .

the wide concrete border path is perfect for practicing scooter or bike skills.

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