Communities invited to help design dream park

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and 202020 Vision have launched a nation-wide competition inviting community groups to pitch their ideas for rejuvenating a local under-loved park into a dream park.

The competition, My Park Rules, calls on kindergartens, daycare centres, public schools, local councils and affiliated community groups to nominate a space in their local area and generate ideas on how they would like it transformed for a chance to redesign it in collaboration with a landscape architect.

“This competition is not just about transforming one space in one school,” said Shahana McKenzie, CEO of AILA, “it’s about getting schools and communities in Australia to rally together and seriously consider the importance of well-designed outdoor spaces for their wellbeing, today and in the future.”

Phillip Spratt, president of the Australian Council of State School Organisations, said, “My Park Rules is a great opportunity for a school and its community to work together and create a lasting legacy for their school.”

Submissions will be uploaded online and put to a public vote. The most popular in each state will then be paired with a landscape architect to generate a design.

State finalists will be assessed by a panel of judges that includes Lucy Turnbull AO (Committee for Sydney), Sacha Coles (Aspect Studios), Kylie Legge (Place Partners), Mary Jeavons (Jeavons Landscape Architects), Tonia Gray (University of Western Sydney), and Josh Byrne (Josh Byrne & Associates).

The jury will have the task of determining a national winner, whose design will be built.

Submissions close 29 November 2015. To make a submission, click here.

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