Located along the Bruce Highway, Rotary Park in Ingham is a well-known rest spot for travellers. A recent playground upgrade has revitalised its role as a space to relax, play and attract tourists. Following consultation, the Hinchinbrook community wanted a modern, inclusive, eye-catching and agricultural themed playscape. After a competitive tender process, Urban Play was awarded the contract with a bespoke design, which encapsulated the area’s agricultural history and utilised high-quality playground equipment that will withstand the test of time.
From sketch to reality, Urban Play worked alongside KOMPAN and Hinchinbrook Shire Council to create a playground that captured Ingham’s rich sugar cane history.
“We wanted to create a playground that was not only custom-designed for the community but also packed with rich play experiences that offer an exciting adventure upon every visit. By using play elements that KOMPAN has developed for 50+ years, children are emersed in play for hours and encourages families to stay longer which ultimately boosts Ingham’s local economy.” said playspace designer Nikita Burns.
A central feature is the ‘Sugar Cane Train’, a bespoke piece that mimics the shape, form, size and colour of Ingham’s Sugar Cane Train. Children can jump aboard the 11-metre long, multi-levelled train to experience a playful journey such as climbing, sliding and imaginative play.
The custom Sugar Refinery tower is packed full of fun across all levels and includes printed panels that tell the story of the sugar cane process and injects more history into the playscape. The tractor represents harvesting, and the bright rubber design features train tracks, cane, and a river, which was inspired by the ebbs and flows of the surrounding creeks.
Inclusivity was built into the design from the very beginning, welcoming users of all ages and abilities. The open design and the abundance of play activities on every level encourage everyone to play. Other play features are an inclusive wheelchair carousel, swings, and an agility trial.
Within minutes of opening, the playground was packed full of excited kids. “This is a really good playground” said Darcy, 7 years.
“It’s absolutely fantastic – and great for the young people here” said Tony Seminara, local Ingham Barber.