Waterplay area engages residents of all ages at The Waterfront
- Interactive waterplay features inspired by the natural surrounds
- Open space, palm trees and public art for all to enjoy
SYDNEY, 25 JUNE 2020
Residents, locals, workers, project partners and Mayor Marianne Saliba gathered on June 25 to celebrate the opening of the plaza and waterplay area in the heart of Shellharbour City Council and Frasers Property Australia's masterplanned community at The Waterfront, Shell Cove.
Connecting The Waterfront Town Centre to the harbour’s edge, the new large, open plaza is overlooked by Cabbage Tree Palms ranging from four to eight metres in height and features plenty of seating for the community to enjoy, as well as an amazing new three-piece waterplay area.
The most anticipated feature of the new space, the three interactive waterplay sculptures have been designed to reinforce the connection between the plaza and the waterfront, with the sculptures inspired by the natural coastal rockpool formations found in nearby Bass Point, Bombo Headland and other local settings.
“The waterplay feature is going to be popular with children of all ages. The design follows the aquatic theme of The Waterfront, creating a lovely place to play and cool off,” Shellharbour Mayor, Councillor Marianne Saliba, says.
“I am very much looking forward to bringing my grandchildren here to play. It’s wonderful that it’s all finished in preparation for the arrival of the warmer months ahead.”
Yes, it’s for the kids, but the architectural elements of the water sculptures will intrigue adults too, says landscape architect Steven Hammond, Principal of GroupGSA.
“The three waterplay features are a site-specific outcome which not only draws inspiration from the natural surrounds of The Waterfront precinct, but actively encourages people to explore those natural surrounds for themselves. The sculptures draw their inspiration from rockpools and provide an additional sense of connection between the urban environment and the natural environment at Shell Cove,” says Mr Hammond.
“Of course, it’s also important for the area to be fun and engaging, so we’ve focused on integrating discovery elements throughout the three water features, with each offering something unique and interesting.”
Play environment design specialist Fiona Robbé worked with GroupGSA and artist Jade Oakley on the concept and design after wide consultation with the community. Elements commonly found in local rockpools such as shells and urchins are inserted in the sculptures for kids to discover and engage. There are also push-buttons on the side to change the flow of water, providing an interactive and fun experience for children.
The waterplay area is an important complement to the other public amenity in this precinct, including the Vera Moller artworks, known as the Dragonette project.
Measuring up to five metres high, nine vertical cast aluminium sculptures have been be installed in the plaza area to connect people with the aquatic life. The Dragonette public art includes decorative surface patterns on each sculpture inspired by the spot patterns found on the Weedy Seadragons that the area is renowned for, while the pattern and the sculptures themselves have been designed to create association with seagrass beds.
The first 26 pieces of Vera Moller’s Dragonettes have already been installed along Cove Boulevard in the Town Centre. With the latest installation in the plaza, the locations of the artworks will create a trail leading to the heart of the Town Centre and through to the future harbour edge, creating a striking entry statement as residents and visitors arrive at The Waterfront.
Simone Dyer, Development Director Shell Cove, Frasers Property Australia says she hopes the waterplay precinct is enjoyed by all generations.
“It’s exciting to see the different components of this major new waterfront destination come to life and particularly this one which is especially thrilling for the younger members of our coastal community. It will certainly add to the relaxed and convenient lifestyle on offer here at The Waterfront, Shell Cove,” Ms Dyer says.
The doors to The Waterfront Sales Centre have reopened to the public, while online sales services, virtual meetings and private appointments are also available. For more information call 13 38 38 or visit www.thewaterfrontshellcove.com.au.
The Waterfront, Shell Cove is a masterplanned community in a natural coastal setting surrounded by beaches, parks and wetlands but close to schools, transport and major centres.
A focal point of the new community will be the 270-berth boat harbour and Shellharbour Marina next to the lively town centre featuring a retail precinct anchored by a Woolworths supermarket, with specialty shops and restaurants on the marina’s edge. A hotel will be positioned adjacent to The Waterfront Tavern, children’s beach, water play areas, library and community centre.