Gosford’s Leagues Club Park has taken the top Award of Excellence in the Play Spaces category of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) NSW 2022 Awards.
Designed by Turf Design Studio d in collaboration with the Darkinjung people, the park tells stories of local aquatic life, pre-European history and early contact.
The Awards jury said it was “an exemplary project which demonstrates a strong connection to Country informed through deep engagement with the local community”.
“[It is] an intricate blend of play, storytelling, land and water, public art and interpretation, that powerfully tells the shared history of the site while creating an exciting and dynamic play experience for children of all ages,” the jury said.
“This place, which was once an important camp, a place of trade and cultural exchange and meeting ground between the Darkinjung clans and adjoining nations the Gadigal, Goomeri and Wiradjuri, has been reimagined as a place to play, reflect, to learn and to connect to nature.
“This significant site creates a new heart for the local community.”
The winners were selected from a record number of 91 entries across 15 categories and were announced at an event in Sydney on June 9.
Winners at the State Awards level proceed to the National Landscape Architecture Awards program to be held later this year.