Play space on the cards

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

A MULTI mil­lion-dol­lar all-abil­i­ties play space will be built at Beaton Park Re­serve, Dalkeith to en­cour­age peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties to ex­plore the world of play.

The 10,000sqm play space is ex­pected to cost about $4 mil­lion, of which $1.5 mil­lion has been raised by lo­cal busi­nesses and a Lot­tery­west grant.

Fur­ther fund­ing is ex­pected to be gen­er­ated through an event on May 6 at Beaton Park for spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Community de­vel­op­ment man­ager Mar­ion Granich said the un­der­ly­ing idea was to pro­vide a place to play that could be used by ev­ery­one, re­gard­less of age or abil­ity.

“Perth still lacks a play fa­cil­ity that works for all ages,” she said.

“That is the cut­ting-edge dif­fer­ence of this fa­cil­ity that it is pur­posedesigned to work for all ages.

“Few play fa­cil­i­ties work for teenagers or adults, whereas this has been de­signed with those groups in mind.”

Ms Granich said con­struc­tion of the state-of-the-art play fa­cil­ity was due to start in De­cem­ber and is ex­pected to be built over four fi­nan­cial years.

“How­ever, this could be quicker if suf­fi­cient funds are raised ear­lier than an­tic­i­pated,” she said.

“So the pace at which the fa­cil­ity is built de­pends on how much the peo­ple of Perth like the idea and want to sup­port it.”

The play space will be de­signed by award-win­ning land­scape ar­chi­tect Fiona Robbe, who is also part of an in­ter­na­tional group de­vel­op­ing stan­dards for in­clu­sive play­grounds.

The project is a joint ven­ture with the Ro­tary Clubs of Ned­lands, Su­bi­aco, West Perth and Matilda Bay, In­clu­sion WA, Lot­tery­west, Wood and Grieves Engi­neers and Aus­tralia’s Bridge.

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