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.”
Preliminary works on the play space started in January with stage one beginning in March, focusing on most of the play equipment, part of the car park and a utility upgrade (power and sewerage).
The final stage is expected to be completed by 2019.
More details at yourvoice.nedlands.wa.gov.au.