Renowned for its innovative parks and playgrounds, Stockland has certainly set the bar high for its playgrounds and open spaces at Aura. With 700 hectares of conservation and park areas ultimately planned for the new city, there will be an abundance of green space to choose from.
“What makes these recreational spaces different is the scope of their imaginative design,” said Josh Sondergeld, Aura Project Director. “And what makes them better is that they are part of a carefully designed, masterplanned community complementing the overall vision for Aura.”
Stockland’s masterplan states that every home within Aura will be located within 400 metres of a park, providing spaces for families to gather, picnic and play as well as connect with other residents.
“Families are an integral part of our communities,” said Josh. “They help lay the foundations for a strong, connected community containing a diverse mix of buyers of all ages and backgrounds.”
Custom designed by Convic, world-leading skate designers, the Baringa Skate Plaza is a fun combination of rails, jumps and ramps for all ages, from micro-groms to intermediate and advanced riders. The Civic Square features a green kick around space, a huge set of shaded feasting tables, and plenty of space to kick back. The wave seats with in-built music amplification pods are a super-cool addition, and the phone charging station is a handy feature too!
In addition to the skate plaza, Aura already features seven parks and playgrounds, and there are still more planned.
Pedal Park, the first park created at Baringa, has been specifically designed as a ‘learn-to-ride’ facility for children. It features two circular bike tracks – a 134-metre beginners’ track with road traffic signs and a tunnel, and a 145-metre track with ramps to test the skills of more advanced riders. In the centre of the park, there is a huge climbing tower with two large tunnel slides. There is also a set of swings (toddler and standard) a spring-loaded see saw, and a half-court basketball and netball court adjacent to a generous kick and throw area. All of the play areas are partially shaded with shade sails and have a soft fall base. Pedal Park also wins for amenities, providing bathrooms, water bubbler, barbeque as well as two shelters with tables and chairs.
With a beautiful bushland backdrop, the 6,000 square metre McArthur Park opened in December and is a nature-themed recreational space focused on climbing and adventure play, which is suitable for children aged six to 12. The park features a climbing frame, spinning swing, picnic space and kick around space with soccer goals.
The newest park in Baringa is the 5,000 square metre Burnet Park. Designed for younger children aged up to six years, the park incorporates facilities for exploring and scrambling play including swings, slides, bridges, sand play and a climbing wall with ropes.
The playful frog-themed playground of Frog Park, is another park, which is great for younger children. The playground includes a Ninja Warrior inspired ropes course, swings and slides, and a huge blue, yellow and green frog to scramble over. There is also a picnic shelter, a good-sized grassed area for games but no bathrooms.
Baringa also features a gorgeous treehouse adventure playground on Lukin Terrace, just a short stroll from the newly opened retail centre where parents can grab a coffee. Designed for older children, this playground features two climbing trees, cubby houses and three tunnel slides as well as the hugely popular jumping pillow.
Residents will also be able to easily access Aura’s Veloway – an extensive bike pathway that will link Aura’s seven parks. There are future plans for 200 kms of cycle way, which will form part of a national showcase of cycling infrastructure, encouraging families to use bicycles as a safe, environmentally friendly form of travel.