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Concept plans for the Teesdale Meeting Place and Activity Trail include a park shelter that rhymes with the local community's committment to sustainability and the environment.
Designed by architect and local Teesdale resident Stewart Seaton, designer of the well-loved Turtle Bend rotunda, the shelter takes advantage of the modular format of recycled timber pallets to partly enclose the space.
“The shelter will provide a space for the community to meet, within a structure that through its materiality & form represents important community values of sustainability and inclusivity." he says.
"Its relationship to the landscape in which it sits is fundamental and considered, it display qualities both of the rural vernacular architecture of the surrounding district and at the same time a more modern urban aesthetic, representative, perhaps, of the townships changing nature”.
The structure will recycle second-hand roofing iron and other materials and will include notice boards for local school children to display artworks and informal seating. While utilising materials and colours taken from the local context the structure will also be a landmark along the Teesdale-Bannockburn Road, reinforcing the character and identity of the township.
The shelter will provide a focus for parents supervising children playing along the proposed Activity Trail, and will encourage visitors to linger, helping to activate the streetscape and build community connections.
The project is part of state government funding for works that improve the streetscape and town centre experience in Haddon, Rokewood, Teesdale and Meredith.