Aluminium woodgrain battens from Street Furniture Australia were used to create a range of playground furniture for the newly built Storey Park Community Centre in Hornsby, NSW.

Xeriscapes designed the outdoor space for the community centre as a new adventure playground for all ages with features such as a skywalk, discovery garden and a few inclusive play elements. Passive recreation areas in the outdoor space include picnic and barbecue facilities and shade structures, as well as seats, and table and bench settings from Street Furniture’s Park DDA range designed for accessibility.

Xeriscapes’ landscape architect Geoff Olson describes the new playground and community centre as “an important local asset, given the recent population growth associated with new high density residential apartment living in the area”. The new playground is well-utilised by all ages on weekends, he added.

With the Council looking for low maintenance materials and the designers favouring the warm, natural look of timber, Street Furniture’s timber look aluminium battens were able to balance the expectations.

“We were pleased with the aesthetic of these battens, and how the hollow extrusion aluminium battens dissipated the heat as we were initially concerned with the seats getting too hot in summer,” Olson explained.

The playground furniture has been built with Street Furniture’s aluminium Spotted Gum woodgrain battens paired with satin Monument frames across the suite of products selected for the park.

In addition to the Park DDA seats and settings, Key Hoop bicycle parking was also installed to encourage people to ride to and from the community centre.

A mix of subsurface fixed and removable wide bollards, also powdercoated in Monument, provides screening for pedestrians from the carpark.

The playground furniture installation was delivered by Momentum Built.