Minda Coast Park
Brighton, South Australia
Oxigen were engaged by the City of Holdfast Bay as part of a multi-disciplinary team charged with the conceptual and detailed landscape architectural design of Minda Coast Park; a 500 metre long pedestrian and cyclist connection through the remnant coastal dunes of North Brighton.
Located within land owned by Minda Incorporated, one of the key principles for the project is to provide access for all users of the community. The Coast Park path integrates elevated boardwalks and on-grade paving to complete an important link from Kingston Park to Glenelg and further north along the metropolitan coastline. It integrates the needs of Minda, Council and the Somerton Surf Life Saving Club.
The remnant primary and secondary dunes present a unique opportunity for greater understanding of coastal systems, fauna/flora and cultural heritage. As an integral component of the project, the restoration and revegetation of the dunes will significantly enhance the natural environment whilst also providing an engaging opportunity for education. Interpretation is focused on the key elements of the site, including the natural history, Kaurna culture and more recent stewardship and preservation by Minda Incorporated. Art, interpretation and access meld together to enhance connection with the physical and cultural identity of the dunes.
Minda Coast Park, whilst being long in its gestation, finally realised a significant community need and also celebrated its natural and cultural environment. As part of a state and local government initiative, its success and implementation relied on the input and acceptance of Minda Incorporated, the owner and custodian of the dunes.
Importantly, the project had input from the local Kaurna community and many state and local government agencies, who all combined together to make the project possible. As a local asset for community the benefits will continue to grow as the restoration of the dunes progresses. Input from community planting groups, the City of Holdfast Bay, Minda Incorporated and local educational institutions will add further meaning and ownership to an already valued asset.
Minda Coast Park ‘opens up’ the dunes for engagement with the community while conversely enhancing and protecting its ecology for the future. It provides an interactive, accessible environment that encourages healthy lifestyles and opportunities to positively influence our physical and mental health.
|Client||City of Holdfast Bay|
|Timeframe||2015 — 2020|
|Team||Oxigen - Landscape Architecture & Urban Design
Jensen Plus - Planning & Project Management
Tonkin Consulting - Engineering