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Hamilton Botanic Garden Playspace


The Hamilton Botanic Gardens Masterplan proposes a new, nature-based children’s play space on the site of the former Australian animal enclosure in the Hamilton Botanic Gardens.

This area of the gardens has remained fenced and inaccessible to the community for decades, since the practice of keeping animals in the Gardens ceased.


A new, nature-based children’s play space is proposed on the slope of the hill on the site of the former animal enclosure. The design of this space focuses on the provision of intergenerational nature based, non-equipment plan with the central feature being a large water play area and rock cascade. A large, decorative paved area at the centre of the space will feature water jets and clambering rocks with water channelling towards the rock cascade.

The water features paved area will also double as an event / outdoor classroom space with an over-ride switch allowing the water to be switched off during these events. When water is unavailable the rock cascade will act as a climbing play elements. Picnic facilities including a shelter and BBQ, seats and a drinking fountain will service the play space and sensory garden.
The design is ready for final consultation with the community and adoption by Council.

The Ask

Funding of $1.5m to implement the detailed design.

Priorities Addressed

  • Community Activation
  • Economic Growth
  • Mental Health
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