Fleming’s Landscapes has done away with the fast and furious model of building new urban parks and replaced it with one that reiterates the 100-year old company credo of “quality takes time”.
Fleming’s Landscapes employ craftmanship to create parks of true quality, crafted with stunning hand-worked wood features that take days of painstaking carpentry – as opposed to installing plastic manufactured play features. It is with this practice that the company is taking their parks into the future but still maintaining a link to the past.
Fleming’s Riverdale Park in Melbourne’s new community development, Riverdale Village in Tarneit, will stand the test of time. Featuring large ex-wharf pylons that have been recycled and reimagined as walking beams, architectural swings, pole features, and a whopping skyscraper fort that was carefully crafted for the fun and enjoyment of generations of children to come.
Other striking features of the Fleming’s Riverdale Park is the natural play equipment that includes three tractors and trailers carved by renowned Australian wood carver, Brandon Kroon.
The Fleming’s Parks are presenting an earthy approach to parks that will re-engage children with the beauty and fun of natural materials, using as little man-made play materials as possible. The results speak for themselves.
While many developers are willing to see large plastic features dominate their parks, APD Projects have engaged with Fleming’s belief that natural is better, even if it means craftsmen spend days working and plying wood features, hand-varnishing and carefully installing massively heavy pieces.
Riverdale Village also features recycled timbers such as the ironbark sleepers that feature in the circular pavilion which – in true Fleming’s style – is built around a stunning super-advanced tree. While still under construction, the park is already showing the promise of a place designed and built by those that care.
Plants feature en-masse; the park surrounds, avenues and play park itself are forested by large advanced trees and present the promise of a mature landscape, while bark relaces soft fall plastics and large natural boulders double as features and climbing objects.
The Fleming’s Group will shortly be celebrating a century of operation and still stand by their belief that anything worth doing takes time and patience. Their parks are a testament to this belief, renowned for their detailed workmanship and focus on canopy cover and greenery.