A custom-designed play structure becomes the focal point of a local neighbourhood reserve that offers a wealth of play challenges.

Located in the backstreets of Firle in Adelaide, Syd Jones Reserve is one of 69 parks and reserves in The City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters region. While not a large scheme, the recent $675,500 upgrade to this local playspace was an important and much-welcomed improvement to the neighbourhood.

A growing area, Syd Jones Reserve now offers a multi-use amenity that encourages physical activity and community engagement, becoming a quality space for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Featuring an upgraded tennis court with multi-purpose surfacing, outdoor tennis table, climbing wall, shade shelter and barbecue facilities, a new toilet amenity, pathways, seating and lighting throughout, as well as a planned landscape, Syd Jones Reserve has a lot to offer, all wrapped around a central playground.

Outfitted by Kaebel Leisure, the new playground features brightly hued structures that beg to be climbed up, swung from, spun around or hung upside down on! Creating an open, dynamic, multi-sport space to meet the project brief, Kaebel Leisure also installed one of its popular Spaghetti Swish structures, supporting an array of rope play options.

Located adjacent to the local Table Tennis Academy, Kaebel used the inspiration of a ping pong ball as the basis for its design approach. Softfall rubber mounds, sunken pods and inground trampolines wind through the site, reflecting the journey of a bouncing ball and creating a challenging playspace for all ages.

Undertaking community consultation with local residents, a focus on youth activation and socialisation in support of teens was soon uncovered. The installation of an outdoor table tennis unit encourages competitive play and communal socialisation in this age range, along with the multipurpose court and ball wall, with support for participation encouraged for the whole family with the inclusion of shelter and seating infrastructure, making Syd Jones Reserve a space for all ages.

One of the most popular items in the playground is the Spaghetti Swish from Kaebel. Australian made in stainless steel, this organically formed range is customised to host an array of jungle ropes, nets, pommels, swings and ladders that make it a multi-challenge structure offering endless opportunities for fun.

The Spaghetti range is a study in architectural design combined with rope artistry that offers more than just your regular ‘run-of-the-mill’ play equipment. Cast in organic shapes rendered in vivid colours with challenging play opportunities for all levels, this clever range delivers the ultimate play value.

Anchored with stainless steel ‘chain boss’ links — designed by Kaebel and TIG-welded inhouse to provide strong, reliable connections — the Spaghetti Swish structure in Syd Jones Reserve offers longevity and durability in the playscape, making it a valuable asset for Council. Finished off with purposed-designed hardware and subtle details that reflect quality engineering and commitment to safety, this is one playspace that will stand the test of time.


Client City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters
Location Firle, SA
Landscape Architects Wax Design
Landscape Contractors LCS Landscapes
Drone Photography Dan Schultz/Sweet Lime Photo
Play Equipment Kaebel Leisure

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