Deerbush Park - Fairfield's first all-abilities playground - was recognised at the recent Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) awards.
The playground, located at the Fairfield Showground, won the 2022 AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Award for Play Spaces.
Fairfield Council was commended for "delivering an impressive legacy for Fairfield City, celebrating the cultural diversity of the area, significant native vegetation and the notion of play for all ages and abilities." The judges also said the "sophisticated weaving together" of multiple all-abilities play elements through protected Cumberland Plain woodland created a rich journey of active experiences blending well with its natural environment and created a 'place for everyone'.
Opened in 2021, Deerbush Park was designed to allow all children, no matter their ability, to play together.
It features the city's first public accessible water play space with 13 unique above ground squirters and numerous ground-level bubblers (open in warmer months).
It also has 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.
"The big smiles, laughs and squeals of glee when the park first opened was instant recognition of council's good work and every bit as rewarding as this award," Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said.
"Deerbush Park is a significant part of council's commitment to being an inclusive, family-centred city.
"Council is committed to creating great spaces for friends and families to gather together to have fun, and to be active and healthy. If you haven't visited Deerbush Park yet, I encourage you to come down with your family and experience it for yourself - there really is something for everyone."
Other features of the park include:
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