A new, inclusive playground which gives people with disability the opportunity to play and learn in a safe and fun environment has officially opened today, with the help of State Government funding.
The State Government contributed $540,000 towards the development, located in Hendrie Street, Park Holme in the City of Marion.
The playground is the first in South Australia to be added to the national network of “Livvi’s Place” inclusive playgrounds.
Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the new playground opening was wonderful news for children living with disabilities in South Australia.
“The playground has been specifically designed to be used by people with a wide range of disabilities, including mobility, vision impairment, hearing impairment and autism,” said Minister Lensink.
“The playground includes something for everyone including multisensory play, connection with nature and features and challenges that encourage independence.
“The playground is a fine example of how local government in South Australia can improve inclusion and accessibility in the community for people living with disability – which is at the heart of the Marshall Liberal Government’s new Disability Inclusion Act."
The Hendrie Street Inclusive Playground was developed by the City of Marion in partnership with the Touched by Olivia Foundation and the State Government, through the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and Arts SA.
The City of Marion invested $310,000, plus design and construction services, to the cost of the playground, while Arts SA and the Edwardstown Rotary Club also made contributions.
The Touched by Olivia Foundation was formed by Sydney couple John and Justine Perkins after the death in 2006 of their eight-month-old daughter Olivia to a rare disease. They recognised a lack of play opportunities for children with disabilities, and established the network of Livvi’s Place inclusive playgrounds in memory of their daughter.
There are now more than 20 Livvi’s Place playgrounds around Australia.