Grand Prix track for kids being built by Frasers Property Australia and Mondous Property Australia
MELBOURNE, APRIL 27 2018 – Attention all budding Daniel Ricciardos: a Grand Prix-style park for children is set to become a major attraction in Melbourne’s south-east.
Frasers Property Australia and Mondous Property Australia have announced the exciting new project at their Berwick Waters community, giving pint-sized racing enthusiasts the chance to showcase their best moves on scooters and junior bicycles.
The Grand Prix Park has been inspired by the world’s greatest raceways and will feature a pit stop, a colourful race track with varied experiences and two play towers at the finish line with interactive play equipment, allowing young racers to face new challenges and hone their skills.
Spectators will be able to catch the action from various points around the track, including the grandstand and the bridge connecting the two towers.
Construction has started on the 1.2ha park in the community’s College Green precinct with progress being recorded by time-lapse camera. People can check it out on the Berwick Waters Facebook page.
The park will be open to Berwick Waters residents and the wider community, and will be a drawcard for the entire region, with a variety of play and leisure spaces for children and adults.
Sarah Bloom, General Manager – Residential Victoria, Frasers Property Australia says the Grand Prix Park will set a new benchmark in Australian playground design.
“We are very proud to be bringing a little piece of the Grand Prix to the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and we believe this new park will become a much-loved focal point for the community,” she says.
“The racetrack adds a new dimension to the play experience for children, and it will be something people of all ages can get involved in.
“At Frasers Property, we are always striving to push the envelope in what we offer, to capture people’s imaginations and create stronger ties in our communities.”
The track will weave through different “experiences”, from a race through the black forest zone based on the famous Hockenheim F1 track in Germany’s Rhine Valley, to a snake run zooming down the grassy hills in the northern reaches, and adrenaline-pumping dips across the start/finish line.
A zipline, flexible kickabout space, swings and trampolines will cater for older children, while the sprawling park will also feature a communal space for BBQs and picnics, grassy slopes overlooking the track, informal nature trails through existing trees and sensory plants, pedestrian paths and fitness areas.
Tract senior landscape architect Bridget McGuigan, one of the park’s designers, says the racetrack has been given a playful and colourful twist, and was just as enjoyable to work on as it would be to play on.
“The vision for the park was to create a whimsical yet contemporary community resource,” she says.
“What will be most exciting once construction is complete is to have a first go of the scooter track, and experience and see all the design features come to life with activity.”
She says it will be a safe way for children with beginner to intermediate skills to stage races with their friends and siblings.
“At the pit stop, racers can rest, have a drink break and meet up with their family and friends, before continuing past the grandstand seating under the bridge with the bright graphic word art flashing past,” she says.
“Turn right to the rubber mounds and snake run that cuts through the track to encourage children to practice their skills, balance and direction, or continue up the northern hill with side bowl to scoot up, gather speed and continue downhill to the finish line.”
Located 50km south-east of Melbourne, Berwick Waters is a joint venture between Frasers Property Australia and Mondous Property Australia located in Clyde North.
It features more than 50ha of parks and open spaces for residents, with plans for 9km of shared bike paths and walking trails.
The community is home to one of the largest display home villages in Victoria. Builders with homes at the display village are: Arden Homes, Bevnol Homes, Burbank, Carlisle Homes, Cheviot Homes, Dennis Family Homes, Fairhaven Homes, GJ Gardner Homes, Hamilton Property Group, Henley, Hotondo Homes, Inspired Homes, Leneeva Homes, Mega Homes, Metricon, Porter Davis, Premier Builders Group, Rawdon Hill, Romeo Homes, Roseleigh Homes and Simonds Homes.
The new display village is on Springbrook Drive, located off Honour Avenue.
The Berwick Waters sales office is at 2 Viewbank Road, Clyde North, and is open daily from 11am to 5pm. Call 13 38 38 or visit www.berwickwaters.com.au for more information.