Design For More Use And A Range Of Experiences Print

Design Outcome

​Parks should be multifunctional.

They should appeal to a range of users and provide for year round enjoyment. Incorporate simple, uncluttered areas which are flexible and adaptable to a range of activities and allow multiple users to happily coexist. Work together with the community to accommodate their needs, allowing for a variety of uses and experiences.

Provide a range of diverse recreation opportunities

A wide range of recreational opportunities should be available within these parks. Integrate multi-lingual signage and maps to inform park users and overseas visitors of the recreational opportunities available, and make them feel comfortable to explore.

 Provide diverse recreation opportunities by:

  • providing a range of passive and active recreation opportunities including walking, bird watching, horse riding, dog walking, recreational cycling, camping or picnicking
  • educating people about activities that are not suitable or forbidden at key activity areas and entrance points. For example, if dirt bike riding, motorised sport or mountain biking is forbidden, this should be noted at all major trailheads and on notice boards
  • providing shared use paths which combine walking and cycling activities where conflicts are unlikely
  • developing a variety of path lengths and difficulties and creating looped tracks that interlink with one another
  • ensuring tracks are adequately signposted at the beginning with lengths, estimated waking times, grading information and difficulty levels. Clear maps showing the trail network on site should be provided at all major trailheads, and markers or wayfinding signage should be incorporated at intersections along the trails
  • ensuring signage and markers are clearly visible but sensitively integrated into the park, and clustered together wherever possible.

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