Parks Week is an annual campaign, promoting the values of parks to the wider community.
The message is to ‘Connect with Nature’, and it encourages the community to get outside, make the most of our beautiful parks and green spaces, and connect with different facets of our natural world.
In 2014, the third annual Parks Week will be held from 3-9th of March across Australia and New Zealand through the supporting organisations of Active in Parks, Parks Forum and Conservation Volunteers.
Whilst the range of benefits that parks provide to society are widespread, they are not widely appreciated. They are often taken for granted, and are under increasing pressures – our parks are facing complex challenges including urban development and loss of ecological integrity.
As a design firm Arcadia look to form the integration of such areas on a daily basis. Lately a big push from our collaborations has seen the shift to create an internal open space setting which the residences can claim as a community. Though developments are always looking to push the envelope in floorspace a positive movement from some of Sydney’s biggest developers has seen the great use of integrating private and public open space. It’s been proven that this additional layer in our developments not only add value to the properties but also create the amenity in which this campaign looks to recognise.
A great example of this was can be seen in some of Arcadia’s current projects including the residential development of Forest Road Hurstville which has seen the clever use of podium design and species collection to make an internal space feel separated from its neighbouring residences, and the commercial development Werrington park corporate centre which sits on a large, sloping greenfield site at the University of Western Sydney’s Werrington campus providing a sensitive approach with a natural green outcome.
Our open space network helps to bring the community together under one banner, to connect with and celebrate our natural world, encouraging the preservation and development of parks for our future generations to enjoy.