Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said the new Deerbush Park playground is an "exciting space for all children."
The new $6.4 million all-abilities playground - a first for Fairfield - was officially opened on Sunday and has been designed to allow all children, no matter their ability, to play together.
One of the highlights of the playground, which is located adjacent to the entry of the Fairfield Showground, is the city's first public accessible water play space with 13 unique above ground squirters and numerous ground-level bubblers (open in warmer months). All water will be recycled and treated to the same quality as pool water.
Deerbush Park ensures the Fairfield Showground has something for everyone to enjoy, no matter their ability.Mayor Frank Carbone
Deerbush Park features a Liberty Swing to allow children in wheelchairs to swing in safety, a wheelchair-accessible carousel, ground-level trampoline and an accessible public toilet with an adult change table that can be raised and lowered.
It also has climbing ropes and net course, musical instruments, flying fox (which includes a ramp and strap in boat seat), learn to ride track (which is wide enough for two wheelchairs to pass each other), climbing net fort with slide, accessible riverbed crossing, water pump, sand digger, picnic tables and bench seating. and voice tubes. Adults can also enjoy the outdoor gym equipment.
Other features of the park include:
- All seating has spaces for a wheelchairs.
- All playground elements are surrounded by rubber to ensure stable ground for wheelchairs, walking frames and strollers.
- Colour selection of the play equipment and surrounds prevent over stimulation.
- Musical instruments provide object of play and focus.
"Deerbush Park is an exciting space for all children to come together to have fun, no matter what their abilities," Mayor Frank Carbone said.
"Council is committed to creating great spaces for friends and families to gather together to have fun, and to be active and healthy.
"The water play area is another big first for our city. I can't wait to see families coming together in the warmer months to have fun and stay cool."
The park, which is connected to the showground's new path network, has been designed around mature trees and shrubs with council also planting more than 22,000 native, locally-sourced plants including 40 large trees and 1000 large shrubs.
The playground was jointly funded by Fairfield Council ($4.2 million) and the Federal and State governments through the Western Sydney City Deal Liveability Fund ($1.7 million), The NSW Office of Responsible Gambling's ClubGrants program ($293,596) and the NSW Planning Industry and Environment's Everyone Can Play program ($200,000).
Deerbush Park is the third new feature of the Fairfield Showground to open in the past month after the dog park and People's Globe were launched recently.
"Deerbush Park ensures the Fairfield Showground has something for everyone to enjoy, no matter their ability. It is another way Fairfield City Council is making our city a great place to live, work, play and raise a family," Mr Carbone said.
"This new park joins council's incredible line-up of local parks, and will rank among the likes of Fairfield Adventure Park, Bonnyrigg Town Centre Park, Koonoona Park, Emerson Park and Cabra Vale Memorial Park as one of our City's premier green spaces."