Livvi’s Place inclusive playground takes shape

Published: 10 Jul 2018 12:11pm

10 July 2018

With the landscaping in place, paths formed, fences erected and play equipment set to be installed this month, it won’t be long before the $575,000 Livvi’s Place playground rings out with the sounds of happy children.

The completed project will be a state-of-the-art playground for people of all abilities to play side-by-side on the same equipment, ensuring full integration of children and families with differences.

Wagga Wagga City Council’s Strategic Asset Planner (Parks and Recreation) Ben Creighton said the playground will be ready for the community to enjoy a spring-time swing and see-saw by September 2018.

“Anyone who walks along Morgan St past the Bolton Park site can see construction is progressing very well; the trees and shrubs are in, the undercover BBQ area is underway and the shade sails go up soon,” he said.

“It’s a world-class playground and a testament to the vision of the national charity Touched by Olivia Foundation, who partnered with Wagga Wagga City Council in this project.

“The State Government deserves recognition for contributing $400,000 to the project which is purpose designed so that play spaces are accessible for everyone in our community,” he said.

Leila Bright, the parent of Mia Bright (4), said it’s important for Mia to feel a part of the community and to play alongside all people, regardless of ability.

“Likewise, all kids benefit from playing together; they learn to accept differences and respect everyone,” she said.

The Touched By Olivia Foundation creates unique, special places, known as Livvi’s Place playgrounds that provide social inclusion for all children and their families across Australia.

The design of Livvi’s Place was guided by principles of Universal Design and was developed in consultation with local children, people with disabilities and their families and carers.

Features include:

  • a variety of ground-level accessible or adjustable-height equipment, including trampoline and carousel, inclusive swing and see-saw
  • a multi-directional swing with nest seat, cubby house and a range of interactive sensory pieces and panels
  • a barbecue area for get-together's and landscaped gardens incorporating a range of floor coverings including mulch, grass and rubber soft fall.

The playground is collaboratively funded by a $400,000 State Government grant, $100,000 from Wagga Wagga City Council and significant funding from Northcott Wagga Wagga and Teys Australia.

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