Spier Elemental Play Park

Designed by Danielle Croley of Danielle Croly Landscape Architects we were privileged to have been appointed by Spier Wine Estate to install the Spier Childrens Elemental Play Park. Located on the coveted Spier Wine Estate in the outskirts of Stellenbosch, Western Province, South Africa. Originally designed as an enclosed vegetable garden that was not being fully utilised, the owners of Spier Wine Estate appointed DCLA to design an Elemental Children’s Play Park to keep its younger guests stimulated and entertained.

An Earth; Wind; Fire and Water inspired design, Danielle masterfully incorporated these elements into her design. Being an interactive and tactile experience, the ‘young-uns’ are encouraged to get their feet wet and hands dirty. The use of flora colour and floral textures to represent the various elements cannot be missed. Water for the irrigation system and spiral water feature is sourced from a borehole. The irrigation system was designed and installed under our scope of works. Every site presents its own unique set of challenges. This site had its fair share!

We started installing the project during a prolonged, severe drought. When installation commenced in the heat of summer the site was bone dry; hot and dusty. Imposing nine-foot walls enclosing the site exacerbated the extreme heat experienced in the initial stages of installing the project. And then came the rain! The site went from a bone dry dusty site to becoming a swimming pool! With a very high water table (which had dropped during four years of drought) overnight became a concern. With Danielle’s guidance, Contours Landscapes navigated these challenges and rather than perceive them as adversities used them as opportunities to guide the design. Many a ‘young adult’ has been inspired by this masterpiece.

The park is very well used by its young clientele who are not confined by rules that adults would be expected to conform to. Running through plant beds; swinging off tree branches; jumping off bridges is all encouraged! Spier, we thank you for the opportunity to be associated with your coveted estate!

Skills needed:

Hard, soft landscaping, irrigation, gabion installation and horticultural maintenance


1,040 square metres


Ixia Landscape Architects (Caren Spiers)

Project manager:

Bevil Steyn

Spier play park
Spier play park
Spier play park
Spier play park
Spier play park
Spier play park


+27 (0) 21 788 1202


Unit 2 Lakeside Place Capricorn Business Park, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7945

Let’s plan your landscaping project together!

We plan, install and maintain award-winning landscapes for our commercial clients and project partners. Clients who wish to add function, value and inspiration to their outdoor spaces and properties.

Our roots are in Cape Town, but our footprint stretches deep into southern Africa.