GASP Development

In 2006 an early years parents and friends group approached the Mayor of Glenorchy, Adriana Taylor, with an idea to build an innovative, interactive ‘adventure’ style playground with an arts focus for small children. The concept was developed by the original committee: Mayor Taylor, Madeleine Ogilvie, David Kinnibrough, Simon Boughey, Kim Backhouse and Mark Wilsdon. Through an in-kind contribution GHD Pty Ltd prepared concept designs to start the ball rolling.


Over 2007 and 2008 the Council commissioned a Master Plan from Inspiring Place for the Wilkinson’s Point and Elwick Bay area, taking into consideration the need for ‘play’ and art installation along the foreshore. Subsequently Council appointed a Project Development Officer in late 2008 to develop a business plan and consult with the community in regard to the foreshore space now zoned ‘special community use’.


Prior to the incorporation of GASP as a company limited by guarantee and the appointment of a board of directors, the Project Development Officer (Pippa Dickson) was supported by an advisory group of eminent business and arts leaders: Mayor Taylor, Narelle Calphy, Heather Chong, David Walsh, Madeleine Ogilvie, Olivier Varenne, Nicole Durling, Sean Kelly, Wesley Hindmarch and David Handley.


We wish to thank and acknowledge the generous contributions of all those who have played such an important role in the early years of the project.

Stage 1

Photo: Ben Hosking for Room 11 Architects

Opened by the Honourable Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia in October 2011. The 800m long boardwalk in three sections and two new pavilions at Little John Rivulet and Humphrey’s Rivulet connect the separate parts of Elwick Bay closest to the Brooker Highway. Stage 1 included a shared path connecting GASP to the Museum of Old and New Art and a ferry jetty providing water access at Wilkinson’s Point.

Stage 2

Photo: Ben Hosking for Room 11 Architects

Stage Two was completed in May 2013 and consisted of approximately 800m of new paths and landscaping including a constructed wetland and a new pavilion at Wilkinsons Point with toilet facilities.


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Stages 1 and 2 of GASP's development were Room 11 architecture’s first foray into public architecture, after winning a limited design competition for the project in 2010.  Read more about Room 11 architecture here.

McGregor Coxall worked with Room 11 Architects to design the second stage of GASP!.  Read more about McGregor Coxall here.

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