Whiteman Park: all-abilities playground approved

Whiteman Park: all-abilities playground approved

A NATURE-based, all-ability children’s playground at Whiteman Park has been given the green light by the WA Planning Commission (WAPC).

Planning Minister Donna Faragher said the WAPC had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with playground proponents Amy and Tony Rudd, and project partners the Lions Club of Noranda and the Touched by Olivia Foundation, to construct an all-access play space near the Mussel Pool East tram stop.

“The State Government, through the WAPC, is supporting the Rudd family’s goal to create an accessible playground to cater for all children, in memory of their daughter Pia,” 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.”

The playground will be named Pia’s Place. It will have custom-built play equipment including an elevated lighthouse and polished concrete slides (that reduce static for people with cochlear implants), an inclusive basket swing, an all-abilities carousel, a sensory garden and family-friendly shelters.

“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,” Ms Faragher said.

“The WAPC will help with onsite logistics and support during construction, and upon completion, will assume responsibility for the ongoing maintenance of the playground.”

The Rudd family and their project partners have started a community fundraising initiative to design and build the playground.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2017.