From its inception, one third of Greater Springfield has been dedicated to open green space including fields and parklands dedicated to recreation. Together, Greater Springfield’s master plan has resulted in a conservation corridor linking the White Rock Conservation Corridor and Spring Mountain, Spring Lake and Discovery Lake.
Robelle Domain is the ‘green lungs’ of the city, a central open green space corridor that connects the community of Greater Springfield and provides more than 11 kilometres of boardwalks, walking and cycle tracks, sports fields and playgrounds.
There is an abundance of recreational activities for you to enjoy at Greater Springfield – golf, tennis, golf, canoeing at the lakes, swimming lagoon (opened September 2015), bushwalking at spring mountain and bike riding.
The Master of Green Space
A quarter of a century later after construction first began and Greater Springfield’s world award-winning master plan continues to guarantee the originally promised 30% green space across the emerging city’s 2,860ha.
According to the plan’s original architect, this unwavering dedication to the local environment is non-negotiable and forms a critical reason for why residents can work, rest, learn and play all within close proximity.
City founder and visionary Maha Sinnathamby, who continues to closely Chair the project’s $85bn roll out, says green space is and always will be integral to the master plan. “This plan incidentally focusses on integrated concepts of health, education and IT with a view to very high living standards and of course green space is included very strongly in every part of that” Maha said.
Green Living at Greater Springfield: Why Parks and Green Spaces are Important for You and Your Family
For families, Greater Springfield’s green spaces and parks provide provides the perfect places for children to play, a crucial part of learning.
Play has proven to be critical in helping children to develop muscle strength, coordination, language, cognitive thinking, and reasoning abilities. It also helps your children to interact and cooperate with others, laying the foundations for success in school and the working world. Here are a few benefits of green living for children.
1. Green Living is Better Quality Living
An obvious but well-needed benefit of green spaces for children is their ability to filter smoke, dust and air pollution, which are broken down by plant root system and soil microbes. The oxygen generated by green spaces as small as 15m2 is enough for a family of four daily. This is particularly important for reducing the impact of asthma and other breathing disorders. Further, trees, shrubs, and turf help stabilise and protect soil against water and wind erosion into waterways, while providing the shade and lower temperatures necessary to reduce energy consumption and costs.
2. Greater Socialisation
Green spaces bring the family together and build community. Robelle Domain, Orion Lagoon, and the wider network of parks and green spaces allow families to enjoy walking trails together and bond through enjoying picnics, water play, and a wide range of sports including the world class Brookwater Golf Course designed by Greg Norman. Green spaces are an obvious place where families can make connections and participate in community events like the Springfield Markets and seasonal festivals. Parks also provide great opportunities for children to make new friends in the neighbourhood. A big park is also a great place for a child’s birthday, giving them the opportunity to run around safely and learn to appreciate nature.
3. Better Physical Health
One of the tenets of urban design is that parks improve public health and relieve the stresses of city life as they provide outlets to exercise and improve physical health. Strong general evidences show that when people have access to parks they exercise more, which reduces the risk of a wide range of diseases. With obesity rates rising in children, it makes sense to provide parks for them to run and play in and learn the importance of health early in life.
4. Improved Mental Wellbeing
The mental health benefits of parks go beyond the obvious in that increased physical activity helps enhance psychological wellbeing. Direct exposure to nature – such as the calming view, singing of birds, fresh air and the scent of flowers – has its own benefits on mental health, reducing stress and increasing happiness almost immediately. Subsequently, contact with natural world improves children’s psychological health, enables better emotional stability, and has been noted to train the brain to focus better, reducing symptoms of ADHD. For today’s families, who are more vulnerable to stress and mental health issues than ever before, this is critical.
Greater Springfield – Where the Grass is Greener
Over the past decade, interest in city parks and green areas has revived and we’re happy to say it has always been at the core of Greater Springfield’s master plan. Greater Springfield is an outstanding area if you are considering a move to somewhere that values you and your children’s health. To enquire about making the move to Greater Springfield, please contact one of our residential experts to get you start here.