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Residents find voice on parkland uses
Turning the traditional master-planning process on its head, the developers of the popular Forsyth Park community in Truganina have turned to the estates future residents to help design the central parkland.
Rather than guessing what sort of leisure activities might be enjoyed by the residents of Forsyth Park, developer ISPT turned straight to the source – the purchasers – for valuable feedback.
Future residents and potential purchasers were asked to respond to a survey asking what elements they’d most like to see in their future parkland precinct, with the most innovative answer receiving an iPad3.
ISPT was overwhelmed when over 65 replies were received, suggesting a host of creative, fun and interesting ideas for the estate’s crowning feature.
Among the suggestions were community gardens and vegetable patches, grassed amphitheatres, mature tree plantings and environmentally-friendly surrounds; however the winning idea was awarded to Lora Hoblos for her suggestion of a dedicated toddler-friendly playground.
Lora, a local mother of two, said she was delighted the developers had listened to suggestion, which she said came to in “light-bulb’ moment after one afternoon with her 18-month –old son at her local park.
“I was recently at a local park and my son wanted to run off and explore the playground, but there were a lot of bigger kids around and I was anxious that he might get hurt,” she said.
“I had to watch over him like a hawk to make sure he didn’t trip or fall on the equipment and I just thought how convenient a separate, age-appropriate playground would be for me and other parents with toddlers
“That way parents could relax and socialize while watching their children play in a safe environment with other kids of similar ages.
“It feels really nice knowing that our opinions are valued, so in the long run I think we as residents will enjoy the park even more knowing that we had a part in its creation,” she said.
The survey results have now been forwarded to Forsyth Park’s landscape designers, with the intention of including as many ideas in the park’s design as possible.
With a passion for community consultation and design innovation, ISPT has taken an unprecedented step towards residential community design, and ISPT development manager, Sean Hogan said the move would reap rewards for years to come.
With a string of award-winning projects under its belt, ISPT’s vision for Forsyth Park is very much in line its core development philosophies of quality, sustainability and community.
Offering a range of quality home-sites and a selection of affordable house and land packages, Forsyth Park is selling fast.
For more information head to www.forsythpark.com.au, visit the on-site sales office located on Sayers Rd, Truganina or call Oliver Hume on 9684 8121.
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Author: Star, 19th June 2012
Posted: 29, Aug 2012
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