Nature Playscapes - valid POI?

Evening all,

I posted this one to Reddit and the general consensus is that it's a no, but thought I'd try here before completely writing it off (sorry this is your second time seeing it). Please let me know if there's any value in pursuing this one.

The council recently built a new nature themed "play area" as per the below Facebook post:

My submission:

Kind regards, Romeowns


  • spiesr-INGspiesr-ING Posts: 313 ✭✭✭✭

    Not without a sign.

  • Theisman-INGTheisman-ING Posts: 1,001 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It looks like some cut down trees have been dumped on the ground and im not at all convinced thats either a playground or permanent.

    You would need a lot of evidence to prove that it is a playground and permanent, link to an official local government website confirming it, a sign for the playground, etc etc

    Without any proof that it isnt what it appears, just dumped trees, then you will have a very difficult time getting it accepted

  • Nadiwereb-PGONadiwereb-PGO Posts: 1,118 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Alright. So.

    I'm a landscape architect by profession, so to me it seems obvious that this is indeed a playscape created from natural materials. That being said, I wouldn't expect this to pass without a sign or at least an article about its creation and purpose. As @Theisman-ING said, most people will see rocks and trees on that picture and not a designed play area.

  • Kellerrys-INGKellerrys-ING Posts: 694 ✭✭✭✭✭

    To be straight, the photo on city council page looks like a play area / obstacle course / parkour course, unlike your photo (sorry). Use the same angle as city council's?

    You mention staked steel rods in support text. Are you able to show those in support photo? It might convince reviewers that the area is designed and constructed, not just a natural feature.

  • FrealafGB-PGOFrealafGB-PGO Posts: 354 ✭✭✭✭

    It's not quite the same, but in a similar vein I had this accepted back in the winter, which is also a natural type climbing feature at a playground (but in a separate area). It probably helped my nomination that the playground was nearby, so satellite would have shown both this and the normal playground area.

    I thought this would get the "natural feature" rejection too, but I was lucky enough that it was accepted first time. Hope it helps to know that different climbing/play structures can be accepted... I would try yours again. It is eligible as a play area, even though people are struggling to see what it is from your pictures. I can easily tell what it is, and I think you wrote the submission well, but then this sort of play area is something we have here too, so it's more familiar to me and it'll be others who need convincing if they haven't seen that sort of thing before.

  • cyndiepooh-INGcyndiepooh-ING Posts: 962 ✭✭✭✭✭

    i agree with the comment that a photo from a similar angle as the official city would make it look more like a playground and less like a pile of debris being cleared. we have plenty of playgrounds accepted with just the equipment in the photo, so i don't think a sign is necessary. do give the link to the official city post that it is a playground in the supporting information, but don't tell reviewers "this is acceptable" because that just makes some folks look for reasons to reject. good luck!

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