Touched By Olivia Foundation Executive Bec Ho said Stockland Wetherill Park’s new $450,000 inclusive playground is centered around communication.
The playground was officially opened on Monday and its inclusive and innovative design caters for all children, including those with physical disabilities, vision, hearing and mobility impairments or spectrum disorders such as autism.
Stockland have partnered with the Touched By Olivia Foundation to deliver the playground which has a local fresh food theme.
“Some of the great features of the playground is around communication. There are PEC symbols – a great communication device for kids who are non-verbal, Auslan signage and braille as well,” Ms Ho said. “We’re hoping that if children can start on a level playing field, playgrounds like this will lead to creating a community that is more inclusive.
“The playground has plenty of fun and imaginative space, including a cubby house.”
Some of the inclusive design features of the playground include:
- Three-story spiral slide.
- In-built dual trampolines.
- Climbing sculptures.
- Musical play elements.
- Interactive drawing.
- Scented plants.
Students from William Stimson Public school were among the first to try the new playground at the launch which was attended by McMahon Mp Chris Bowen, Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone and Prospect MP Hugh McDermott.
A pop up Jamie’s Ministry of Food cooking class was part of the opening festivities.