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Important safety and maintenance considerations when specifying carousels

Friday, 15 Mar 2024

Carousels are a fun and exciting addition to a playground. Spinning at speed can be a great thrill, but if the item is not built and maintained to required Standards, […]

Park Warrior selected for Australian Ninja Games!

Wednesday, 28 Feb 2024

The 2024 Australian Ninja Games were held in Perth incorporating the first ever National Park Warrior Championships.  The event attracted many of the sport’s elite athletes, including contestants from the […]

How to win more grants

Monday, 15 Jan 2024

…yourself clearly. Make it human Thinking, feeling humans are reading your grant applications. What drives them?   Want your own copy of the Strategic Grants grant-writing checklist? Click here! Want…

How we’re helping to increase the wellbeing of high school students

Monday, 06 Nov 2023

Less than 8% of 13 to 17 year olds meet Australia’s physical activity guidelines. While playground equipment doesn’t appeal to high school students, innovative outdoor fitness equipment and obstacle course […]

a_space partners with Greenfleet, Australia’s first carbon offset provider

Tuesday, 03 Oct 2023

As part of our commitment to improving sustainability and reducing our carbon emissions, a_space has partnered with Greenfleet; a leading not-for-profit environmental organisation focused on protecting our climate by restoring […]

Our Contemporary and Organic Ranges!

Friday, 12 Nov 2021

At a_space we value the Australian landscape and this is reflected in the nature of our products. Our contemporary and Organic ranges are streamlined, design-led, and above all, playful! Their […]

The First Park Warrior Mega Course Hits Joondalup, WA!

Tuesday, 26 Oct 2021

The City of Joondalup has recently become home to WA’s first, and Australia’s largest, Park Warrior open space obstacle course.   The innovative course, located a stone’s throw from Whitfords Nodes Beach in Joondalup, […]

Designing a Brighter Future for Young Australians

Thursday, 30 Sep 2021

Throughout the development of our Park Warrior range, a_space worked to consult industry professionals in teen fitness to ensure each obstacle in the series provides a healthy challenge and supports […]

The NSW Liquor & Gaming Infrastructure Grant

Wednesday, 15 Sep 2021

Applications for Liquor & Gaming NSW’s Infrastructure Grants reopen on the 1st of November 2021 The grant scheme is available to communities all across NSW and supports the building, renovation […]

Custom Designed Play & Fitness Spaces

Monday, 13 Sep 2021

The a_space design service. Creating unique and spectacular outdoor play and fitness spaces to meet specific needs. Unlike other play and fitness manufacturers that provide off the shelf structures, at […]

Turning Teens into Warriors

Tuesday, 17 Aug 2021

The need for more interesting fitness programs for teens is on the rise as activity levels rapidly decline within the age group.  Between lockdowns, remote learning and social media, it […]

Accessing grants for funding school playgrounds

Tuesday, 22 Sep 2020

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (Aust Govt) research shows that less than one-quarter (23%) of children aged 5–14 undertake the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day. School playgrounds play an […]

Guyatt Park – Park Warrior obstacle course

Monday, 10 Aug 2020

Guyatt Park in Brisbane has become one of the first locations in Australia to offer the local community an innovative Park Warrior obstacle course. Local Councillor, James Mackay, launched the […]

Grinstead Park Outdoor Gym – City of Brisbane

Thursday, 23 Jan 2020

Brisbane City Council selected Grinstead Park as one of 10 locations to benefit from their Active Parks Program, offering the local community an exciting space to exercise. Council’s scope was […]

A hallmark project for a_space!

Monday, 27 May 2019

What could well be considered ‘the best school playground in Australia’ was recently unveiled at Trinity Grammar School in Kew Victoria. The project was the culmination of more than 12 […]

The rebirth of our first outdoor gym!

Tuesday, 19 Mar 2019

Grand Flaneur Beach Reserve In May 2011 we proudly launched our first outdoor gym situated in Liverpool NSW at a place called Grand Flaneur Beach Reserve. This was the first […]

What does inclusive play mean?

Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019

We’ve seen more and more effort put towards creating inclusive play spaces. But for some – whether it’s a lack of budget or lack of space – it’s hard to […]

Exciting play and fitness elements at Pasterfields Sports Complex

Wednesday, 23 Jan 2019

Pasterfields Sports Complex is a spectacular project that started as part of Lake Macquarie City Council’s masterplan, years before it was actually installed. Now the amazing Sports Complex is finished, […]

Community engagement at the Come and Try day

Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018

Hobsons Bay City Council went out of their way to gain residents feedback to help them decide on future fitness station equipment. a_space was happy to support Council initiatives by helping […]

A clean, green inclusive space at Green Spine Linear Park

Monday, 03 Dec 2018

With four linear reserves located between Parer Road and Fraser Street in Airport West, Council turned the forgotten area into a community-focused, inclusive space. Community consultation is key Moonee Valley […]

A playground upgrade for Council featuring Explorer Nets

Tuesday, 27 Nov 2018

The Open Space team at the City of Port Phillip focussed on Crichton Reserve for a makeover. Instead of telling the community what they’d be getting, the team went out of […]

New Outdoor Fitness Equipment as requested by the community

Tuesday, 20 Nov 2018

Hobsons Bay City Council received multiple requests by the community to install new Outdoor Fitness Equipment. The result is an inclusive space for all, right on the lake with a_space’s […]

Brisbane City Council promote active, healthy spaces

Wednesday, 24 Oct 2018

Brisbane City Council has fully embraced a_space equipment to promote active healthy spaces in Council’s open space strategy. Council chose to utilise both static and dynamic equipment in 2 new […]

Guidelines for planning, installing and activating Outdoor Gyms

Thursday, 27 Sep 2018

The importance of outdoor gym guidelines a_space are proud to have been a large part of the development of the Guidelines for planning, installing and activating outdoor fitness equipment. We […]

Donated a_space items turn into a playground in Uganda

Monday, 27 Aug 2018

Ever wondered where old playgrounds go? a_space are proud to be a viable Australian Manufacturer, and we do everything we can to maintain a sustainable, environmentally-friendly business. So, when School […]

Risk has its rewards!

Tuesday, 14 Aug 2018

There’s a fine line between challenge and hazard – but the perfect balance is actually a little of both. Articles are produced every other day discussing the lack of risk […]

Exercises that target the core

Wednesday, 08 Aug 2018

The benefits of a strong core – and the exercises to get your own With more and more of us confined to jobs in-front of computers all day, and studies […]

A new outdoor fitness gym for Wollongong City Council.

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018

After a petition to Council to provide more amenities in Charles Harper Park Helensburgh, Wollongong City Council went to tender to find the best outdoor fitness equipment to encourage the […]

Mannering Park playspace gets upgraded

Thursday, 28 Jun 2018

More features and benefits for the community playspace Playspaces are essential, provided that the park provides safe and accessible facilities Mannering Park was one of the local level parks earmarked […]

More to Explore

Sunday, 10 Jun 2018

Innovation, quality, usability and fun – Explorer Plus, the new range that you can modify to suit your space. Looking for play equipment that can work with your space? a_space […]

White Box Rise

Thursday, 19 Apr 2018

White Box Rise is a residential subdivision in Wodonga, featuring a range of lot sizes and home styles. Ground Control Landscape Architecture was instrumental in the masterplanning of this new […]

A custom design for a residential estate

Wednesday, 11 Apr 2018

Did you know that a_space offer so much more than what you can find on our website? Our dedicated in-house design and manufacturing teams can help you create custom equipment […]

Wickham Fitness Trail welcomes an outdoor gym

Monday, 26 Mar 2018

The City of Karratha wanted to develop a fitness trail near the local sports ground in Saylor Park. To encourage the community to use the gym and utilise the shade […]

Anchors away at Largs Bay School

Wednesday, 28 Feb 2018

After working with a_space twice previously on playgrounds within the school to suit other age groups – Largs Bay School wanted to install a new multiplay structure for the Junior […]

Dedicated fitness space for Canterbury Boys High School

Monday, 19 Feb 2018

Thanks to the vote from the Student Representative Council and Senior Prefects, Canterbury Boys High School knew that outdoor fitness equipment was something students definitely wanted. Armed with a successful […]

An old playground becomes a new challenge course for Oberon Primary School

Monday, 12 Feb 2018

Oberon Primary School had an old playground that desperately needed a facelift. Old timber logs and tyres were the primary material in their main play area, and it just wasn’t […]

New development gets a_space to play

Tuesday, 09 Jan 2018

When Brown Property Group were looking to create a benchmark playground for their ‘Highgrove’ development, they engaged Landscape Architects, Ground Control, to meet their brief. With a requirement to cater […]

City of Port Phillip rolls out more outdoor gyms

Thursday, 21 Dec 2017

Having seen the benefits, the City of Port Phillip has continued to expand the number of outdoor gyms across their community with recent additions at Cook Reserve in Port Melbourne […]

Exercise for your brain’s sake

Wednesday, 06 Dec 2017

We all know that exercise is good for our overall health and wellbeing, but there’s so much more to it than that. A new collaborative study from Australia’s National Institute […]

An Explorer Net for Inverloch/Kongwak Primary School

Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017

When Wendy Caple, Principal of Inverloch/Kongwak Primary School, wanted a new play area for her school she turned to her students for advice. Wendy was searching for equipment to suit […]

Under the Spotlight: The Humble Push-Up

Wednesday, 25 Oct 2017

The Humble Push Up Love them or hate them: push-ups are an excellent, versatile exercise for building muscle mass and strength. Push-ups, like squats and lunges, are known as compound […]

Developing long and strong muscles

Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017

Most of us know about the importance of strong muscles, but have you ever thought about having long muscles? Muscles which are shortened through stress, tension or over-exercising can cause […]

The brain-boosting power of fitness

Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016

Primary school students are far less physically active than in the past, mainly because so little time is spent engaging in outdoor play and more time is spent in front […]

a_space hosts student development program

Thursday, 25 Aug 2016

a_space recently hosted a group of students for a week-long program as part of a collaboration between the Knox Innovation, Opportunity and Sustainability Centre (KIOSC) and Rowville Secondary School. KIOSC emphasizes […]

How seniors are benefitting from a_space outdoor gyms

Wednesday, 24 Aug 2016

The popularity of outdoor gyms continues to grow delivering benefits across communities. Channel 7’s Sunrise program recently featured the benefits that a_space outdoor gyms are delivering for seniors. With now […]

How ‘green exercise’ is benefiting communities

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Many studies have proven that exercising outdoors brings a range of physical and mental health benefits. Outdoor exercise has been given a new name, ‘green exercise’. Research has found that […]

Unveiling over 10 playgrounds within the City of Ballarat

Wednesday, 20 Apr 2016

The City of Ballarat is one of our valued clients and we are proud to have recently completed our 10th project with them in recent years. In 2015 and 2016, a […]

New Outdoor Gyms Shine in Wodonga

Tuesday, 08 Mar 2016

Wodonga City Council have introduced two new outdoor gyms to encourage active lifestyles within the community. The Fit for Parks equipment is spread across two popular sites including Belvoir Park […]

‘All aboard’ the new Elsternwick Plaza playground

Friday, 26 Feb 2016

a_space has recently completed a stunning new playground at Elsternwick Plaza in Elsternwick Victoria. The play space is situated within a redeveloped bustling park located beside the local train station, […]

Outdoor gyms raising fitness levels in secondary schools

Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016

The disturbing trends of reduced fitness and increasing obesity amongst adolescents has been brought about through a reduction of physical education and sporting programs…

New Outdoor Gym at Packer Park

Thursday, 17 Dec 2015

Glen Eira City Council recently unveiled a new fitness circuit at Packer Park, Carnegie. The outdoor gym is situated just metres away from a bowls clubs, a large playground and velodrome amongst along […]

Australia’s first Lifeguard Tower Playground

Monday, 12 Oct 2015

We are delighted to have played a major role in the launch of a new benchmark playground at Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club in Queensland. The playground was designed, manufactured and […]

Proud of our craft

Tuesday, 15 Sep 2015

We’re proud of the products we design and manufacture and take great care in everything we do. This video offers an insight into life in the a_space factory.

New Playground Installation at Cochrane Park

Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015

It was an eventful day in Koo Wee Rup, where A-Play (now a_space) recently launched a spectacular brand new playground at Cochrane Park for Cardinia Shire Council. The playground features a […]

A-Play (now a_space) Finalist in the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards 2015

Monday, 13 Jul 2015

A-Play (now a_space) was proud to be judged a finalist in the recently conducted Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards. The Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards were established in 2001 to […]

Knox Fitness Trail Launch

Monday, 13 Jul 2015

We were pleased to supply and assist with the launch of the new Knox Fitness Trail. The Fitness Trail features a number of items from our Fit for Parks and […]

Special School Playgrounds for Secondary Students

Friday, 05 Jun 2015

Designing playgrounds for special schools is quite unique, particularly when considering secondary school students. We recently installed a playground at Yarrabah Special School for students aged between 13-18 years. Part […]

Designing Playgrounds for Special Schools

Thursday, 30 Apr 2015

A lot of thought goes into the design of our playground installations, and this is particularly apparent when working with special schools. This “Theraplay” play area, was purpose built to […]

Intersport’s “Run the Logo” Campaign

Friday, 24 Apr 2015

Sporting retailer, Intersport, has found a novel way to encourage people to exercise.  Customers were invited to “run the logo” and in return receive a discount on Interplay running gear. Customers used […]

New Outdoor Gym in St Kilda

Thursday, 16 Apr 2015

The City of Port Phillip recently installed a range of Fit-for-Parks outdoor gym equipment in St Kilda.  The new community exercise space was officially launched on April 1st with a […]

A-Play (now a_space) featured in ‘Dux Magazine

Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015

A-Play (now a_space) was recently featured in the cover story of Dux Magazine. Click on the image to view a larger, readable version.

A-Play (now a_space) preferred by more newspapers for ‘Back to School’ articles than any other playground company!

Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014

Victoria’s two leading newspapers featured A-Play (now a_space) playgrounds in their back to school articles over the past 2 days. It’s nice to make front page news!

PLA Conference Presentation: Planning Outdoor Gyms

Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013

At last week’s National Parks and Leisure Association Conference A-Play’s (now a_space) Managing Director, Dean Joel, presented on the topical issue of ‘planning outdoor gym projects.’ The large attendance at […]

A-Play (now a_space) Donates Playground to Bushfire Ravaged School

Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013

It was with pleasure that A-Play (now a_space) recently unveiled a shiny new set of playground equipment which they donated to the Dunalley Primary School. The town of Dunalley suffered significant […]

Fit-for-Parks leading the way

Sunday, 24 Mar 2013

A-Play’s (now a_space) outdoor gym equipment range, Fit-for-Parks, continues to lead the way in Australia. Designed and manufactured at A-Play (now a_space) Fit-for-Parks circuits have been installed at more than 30 locations […]

One of our many great new projects!

Sunday, 24 Mar 2013

We’ve been slow in adding new posts to our blog but busy rolling out new projects. Here’s just one recently installed for the City of Penrith, NSW. This project involved […]

Grand Opening of Koshigaya Park, Campbelltown

Sunday, 26 Aug 2012

Residents and visitors to Campbelltown now have access to a new state of the art playground recently opened at Koshigaya Park. The opening was officiated by Campbelltown’s Mayor, Cr Anoulack […]

A great video addressing risk and play

Sunday, 17 Jun 2012 The issue of risk and growth is often debated. At A-Play (now a_space) we believe in a healthy balance. This video addresses the issue in a well balanced way. […]

Why is Australian designed and manufactured important?

Friday, 01 Jun 2012

There’s a feel good factor to buying Australian. a_space are proud to be an Australian manufacturer of playground and outdoor fitness equipment. Beyond feeling good about supporting local products, there […]

Fit-for-Parks features on ABC

Sunday, 29 Apr 2012

ABC’s health and well being program, Tonic, recently featured a Fit-for-Parks installation. The article highlighted the value and benefits that outdoor gyms such as Fit-for-Parks bring to communities.

Designs that inspire us

Sunday, 29 Apr 2012

Many of us at A-Play (now a_space) go to sleep dreaming of the ultimate playground design. Slides often feature in those dreams. Reality is often a constraint but every now […]

How time flies!

Sunday, 29 Apr 2012

It’s now more than 6 months since A-Play (now a_space) added the Playspace product range to our business and I’m only now feeling like I’m coming up for air! Our […]

It’s been a big 6 weeks!

Thursday, 03 Nov 2011

The integration of Playspace into A-Play (now a_space) over the past 6 weeks has been an enormous task. Playspace was a much larger business than A-Play (now a_space) with a larger factory […]

Playspace joins A-Play (now a_space)!

Monday, 03 Oct 2011

A-Play (now a_space) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the products and systems of Playspace Playground. Playspace has been a major player in the Australian playground industry since 1994. They […]

A bit of Venice Beach finds its way to Liverpool!

Sunday, 03 Jul 2011

Fit-for-Parks outdoor gym circuit featured in the Sydney Morning Herald

A-Play (now a_space) Helping the Homeless

Monday, 16 May 2011

On Thursday June 16, 2011 I’ll be joining others around Australia who will sleeping out on our streets as part of an event known as the ‘Vinnies CEO Sleepout’. This […]

Make sure your playground company can deliver!

Thursday, 05 May 2011

The GFC and current economic uncertainty has effected industries in different ways. The playground industry has not been immune from financial challenges, impacted by a contraction in the market during […]

$5m to restore playgrounds in Vic. schools

Friday, 08 Apr 2011

As an industry leader, A-Play (now a_space) campaigns for the betterment of play opportunities for children across Australia. In a Blog post in November last year I asked ‘Where have […]

And Now Playground for Seniors?

Saturday, 13 Nov 2010

This week, a Councillor at Coffs Harbour City Council put forward the idea of a playground for seniors?

Some thought his idea was crazy. What, swings and slides for granny?

Not exactly, the Councillor was putting forward the concept of outdoor gyms accessible to seniors as a means of getting seniors in the community more active. As the Councillor put it, “As we are all getting older and in our turn becoming seniors, shouldn’t we desire that these seniors remain as healthy as they can, as flexible and as self-reliant as possible?”

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