Pia to be remembered with playground at Whiteman Park


Tony and Amy Rudd with Gillian and Eva, and Planning Minister Donna Faragher.
Tony and Amy Rudd with Gillian and Eva, and Planning Minister Donna Faragher.

A nature-based playground dedicated to a Perth couple’s daughter who died from SIDS, is set to be built at Whiteman Park.

The WA Planning Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the couple Amy and Tony Rudd, Lions Club of Noranda and the Touched by Olivia Foundation to build the playground.

Pia’s Place would be located near the Mussel Pool East tram stop with car park access and toilet facilities.

The playground will include custom-built play equipment including an elevated lighthouse, polished concrete slides, a basket swing, an all-abilities carousel, a sensory garden and family-friendly shelters.

Planning Minister Donna Faragher said the State Government supported the playground, in memory of Pia Maeve Rudd.

“Whiteman Park attracts more than 950,000 visitors each year and is an extremely popular destination, especially for families, as well as organisations caring for children with cognitive and physical disability,” she said.

“The Rudd family and their supporters have a long-term vision to create a unique and enjoyable attraction for young children in Whiteman Park.”

She said the WAPC would help with the logistics, construction and maintenance of the playground

Depending on funding and sponsorship, work on the park is scheduled to begin in 2017.