More than 40 children from a local primary school have let their imaginations run wild helping design the final park for the family-friendly McKeachie’s Run community at Aberglasslyn.
Stockland invited the youngsters from kindergarten to year six at Rutherford Public School to take part in workshops run by Colmar Brunton research in collaboration with Stockland Research to discuss what they would like in the exciting new 5,000 square metre park to be built on the corner of Whistler Avenue and Avocet Street.
The task also involved a homework component, with children asked to draw a picture or create a collage that showcased their favourite park or playground.
Richard Rhydderch, Stockland General Manager, NSW Residential Development, said Stockland was excited by the vision from students for the future park. “The creative energy in the room was fantastic. There were some great suggestions from the students, ranging from built-in trampolines to climbing walls to a flying fox”, Mr Rhydderch laughed. Mr Rhydderch said it was rewarding having the school involved in the design process, especially considering a large proportion of its students were McKeachie’s Run residents.
“Stockland places a strong emphasis on providing connected communities, so we are delighted that McKeachie’s Run offers our families access to local schools, parks, shops and other facilities,’’ he said. “We hope this opportunity will create a strong sense of ownership for the students and make this a landmark park that they will be proud to play in for many years to come.’’
Rutherford Public School community liaison officer Rasna Gandhi said she was delighted Stockland asked the students to be involved in the design of the park. “The students really enjoyed the workshops and when they arrived at school the following day, many were asking if they could do it again,’’ Ms Gandhi said.
The 5,000 square metre park will be located in the final precinct of McKeachie’s Run, dubbed The Mountains Precinct. It is expected the park will be open by 2018.
McKeachie’s Run is nearing completion almost eight years after it was launched. Around 170 lots still remain available at the community which will ultimately have 1,070 homes and approximately 3,000 residents. Home sites are currently priced from $172,500 to $313,000 and range from 525 square metres to 3,636 square metres. McKeachie’s Run has a shopping centre with a Woolworths supermarket and specialty stores, a childcare centre, several playgrounds and a multi-use sports hub, with two full-sized soccer or football fields and an all-weather cricket pitch. Stockland also sponsors free Life Get Active fitness classes at the community each Monday to Friday.