Bim'bimba Park a winner
Bim’bimba Park at Gainsborough Greens has been recognised as the state’s best park after winning the Parks and Open Space category at the 2020 Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards.
“Bim’bimba Park tells a rich, exciting and detailed story and has been underpinned by simple design principles that respond carefully to its setting to deliver a range of spaces for active play and recreation,” said Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) Queensland Jury Chair Deb Robbins.
Commissioned by Mirvac and designed by Form Landscape Architects, Bim'bimba Park is the seventh, and most feature-packed, parkland to be delivered at Gainsborough Greens.
The $7.5 million, 3.5 hectare green space is designed for all ages and abilities, with a strong focus on sustainability and connection with the surrounding environment.
The defining feature of the parklands is a one-of-a-kind elevated play tower - the highest in Pimpama - which sits alongside a nature-based playground including fallen tree climbing structures.
The fallen tree structures, and many other nature-based elements in the parklands, including feature totem poles, seating and animal carvings, have been created using repurposed materials from Gainsborough Green and other Mirvac projects.
The park features pockets of play spaces which appeal to different age groups. This design approach was the result of extensive community consultation with local residents, who were eager for new amenities to cater to both young and older children. Some of the resulting design concepts were outside the scope of the current neighbourhood planning scheme, so Mirvac sought early endorsement from Council to deliver better outcomes for the community.
The result is a unique, family-friendly parklands, which opens with a toddler playground, transitioning along a spine through climbing structures and play elements that increase in physical challenge.
Older children can explore a twisted climbing tree, a timber forest with carved animal sculptures and sound play, while teens can make use of a half basketball court, skate sculptures and a ping pong table.
Above all, Bim'bimba Park is a place for people to come together, with shaded barbeque and picnic areas and a new outdoor amphitheatre offering the ideal venue to host the variety of events included in the community's social calendar.
The park's new name is a nod to the early indigenous name for Pimpama, meaning Place of the Soldier Bird.