Play for all on fore­shore

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

THE ground has of­fi­cially been bro­ken for the All Abil­i­ties Play Space on the Swan River fore­shore.

The $4 mil­lion com­mu­nity-driven project at Beaton Park, Dalkeith will pro­vide an in­no­va­tive state-of-the-art play fa­cil­ity for ev­ery­one, re­gard­less of age or abil­ity.

The pur­pose-de­signed project was ini­ti­ated by the Ro­tary clubs of Ned­lands, Su­bi­aco and West Perth, with the City of Ned­lands pro­vid­ing the site and man­ag­ing con­struc­tion.

Award-win­ning land­scape ar­chi­tect Fiona Robbe, who is part of an in­ter­na­tional group de­vel­op­ing stan­dards for in­clu­sive playgrounds, de­signed the play space af­ter in­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with lo­cal user groups

The first of its kind on this scale in WA, the 10,000sq m play space takes ad­van­tage of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, cater­ing for chil­dren with dis­abil­ity and their fam­i­lies, as well as teenagers, adults and older peo­ple.

Some of the fea­tures will in­clude a sen­sory walk­way, fly­ing fox, ac­tive climb­ing, decks and slide, ac­tive swing­ing, ac­ces­si­ble pic­nic ar­eas, a com­mu­nity gar­den and kitchen, an in­for­mal sports and games area, ex­er­cise equip­ment, ramps and re­lax­ation ar­eas, park­ing (in­clud­ing ACROD bays), ac­ces­si­ble toi­lets and na­ture, mu­sic, sand and wa­ter play ar­eas.

Ned­lands Mayor Max Hip­kins said the main idea be­hind the All Abil­i­ties Play Space was to bring in­clu­sive play to the whole of Perth, with ev­ery­one us­ing the same equip­ment.

“This play space is about en­abling par­tic­i­pa­tion in play for all, re­gard­less of their age or abil­ity,” he said.

“Re­search has shown the sheer fun of play­ing is im­por­tant for ev­ery­one, help­ing to build phys­i­cal, psy­cho­log­i­cal and so­cial health.

“It strength­ens our abil­i­ties, de­vel­ops our skills and brings us to­gether – and while play­ing is vi­tal for chil­dren, it’s also im­por­tant for teenagers, adults and se­niors.”

Stage 1 be­gan in March, fo­cus­ing on play equip­ment, part of the carpark and a util­ity up­grade.

Ned­lands Mayor Max Hip­kins, Bella Hopewell, Justin Lekias and Ned­lands MLA Bill Marmion do the hon­ours.

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