Campbelltown’s first ever inclusive playground, Variety Livvi’s Place Glenfield, has been recognised at the Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards, winning the Playground Design and Development Award.
“This award showcases the quality of the design and construction of this fantastic park,” General Manager Lindy Deitz said.
Featuring a variety of inclusive play equipment for all ages and abilities, the project was delivered in partnership with Campbelltown City Council, Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT and the Touched by Olivia Foundation.
“Variety Livvi’s Place was designed with the needs of every child in mind, regardless of their age or ability, and sets the tone for future playground projects in our city,” Ms. Deitz said.
Council staff worked with consultant Place Design Group to design the playground while also conducting an extensive community engagement process to incorporate feedback from residents.
Place Design Group Associate Baz Richards said every design decision had been made with inclusion front of mind.
“Some people face barriers with mobility, travel and even access to public bathroom facilities, so we wanted to provide an all amenities play experience that would allow for all day stays to be a reality, regardless of ability,” he said.
In addition to $2 million from the NSW Government, Campbelltown City Council invested $350,000 and Variety the Children’s Charity contributed $150,000 to the $2.5 million playground which was officially opened in April.
“It’s a place where families can gather and siblings and friends can play together, form lasting friendships and enjoy the outdoors,” Ms Deitz said.
The Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards recognises individuals, not-for-profits, commercial, play, recreation and sport sectors, for their innovations to get more people active.