THE memory of Landsdale toddler Sam Trott will live on in a nature-based playground being constructed at Warradale Park.
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and councillors Brett Treby and Domenic Zappa broke ground at the Landsdale site today, where Sam died in 2014.
The fenced play space will include a variety of sensory activities, picnic facilities and a memorial tree, and will be the only dedicated autism-friendly playground in Perth.
Mrs Roberts said the City had worked closely with Sam’s family to design the area.
“We discussed opportunities and we found that there wasn’t many park areas where children with autism can play so we then resolved that we would construct a nature play area for children especially with autism,” she said.
“Parents can bring their children and families can enjoy and reflect and children with autism can really feel safe in this environment.
“We envisage it will be well used and a beautiful memory of such a gorgeous little boy.”
She said though “tinged with sadness” the project was a way of giving back to the community that united after Sam’s death.
“It’s a reflection of our whole community who were absolutely devastated when Sam lost his life,” she said.
“This is our way of working with Sam’s parents and his family of putting a facility here so that the community can enjoy and reflect and to say thank you to the community who came out to support a family in an absolute time of need.”
The $280,000 playground is expected to be completed by September.