KINGSFORD NORTHERN PARK
Point Cook, Victoria
Kingsford is named after Charles Kingsford Smith and the elements used within the park reference this aeronautical theme. The park is designed around a series of exposed aggregate concrete paths representing the runways system of an airport. A de-constructed fuselage (a series of curved metal arcs connected with metal beams) creates a feature entrance to the park. A flying fox and a rotating swing replicate flight in the playground elements. The shelter is lined with timber battens and has sections of zinc cladding which represent the sheeting on 1920’s and 1930’s aircraft. The park also
incorporates an open lawn kick-a-bout space, mounds, BBQ, feature lighting and a drinking fountain. The planting palette consists of a native mix of Eucalyptus scoparia (Wallangarra White Gum), Rhagodia spinescens (Salt Bush) and Carpobrotus rossii (Pig face). For seasonal colour and shade around the playground area, feature deciduous trees of Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ (Chanticleer Pear) and Gleditsia tricanthos ‘Shademaster’ (Honey Locust) were chosen.