Bernie Mullane Reserve transformed into a superhero training facility on Friday 21 April for more than 400 budding crime fighters.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane, who was dressed as Wonder Woman, joined Spider-Man, Captain America and Black Widow at the interactive camp to teach pint-sized defenders techniques and skills to fight for truth and justice.
The excited youngsters also had the very important job of choosing what type of play equipment they would like to see incorporated in the soon-to-be built Livvi’s Place playground.
Mayor Keane said the all abilities play space is the first step to reimagining one of The Shire’s favourite parks.
“This play space will allow every child in our area, irrespective of their age or their abilities, to play side-by-side, develop physical abilities, enjoy making new friends and grow up together — and it will give their parents, guardians, grandparents and carers the security of knowing the play space is safe,” Mayor Keane said.
“As someone who sits on the board of a large national disabilities service provider, as someone who has one child with a disability and one without, and as a Hills mum, being part of the Council team that is establishing a Livvi’s Place is especially poignant for me. I have been working with our staff on this project for some time and I can’t wait for this new asset to become tangible.
“I want to thank everyone who put time aside to come down and help us breathe new life into this much-loved facility. Together we are creating spaces that are vibrant, inclusive and promote community connectedness,” Mayor Keane added.
The superhero training day was part of Mayor Keane’s park consultation playdates, which highlight new parks and some old favourites.
“People are very passionate about their parks. This is why I have decided to engage with the local community through park consultation sessions,” Mayor Keane said.
“These sessions determine what’s important to residents and the best decisions are made in partnership with the people who will use these local facilities, in particular children.
“I am proud that Council is focused on creating family-friendly spaces for everyone to enjoy.”
The inclusive playground will cost approximately $500,000.
Council will provide funds for the project, while working closely with the Touched by Olivia Foundation on designs and potential sponsorship opportunities.
The Livvi’s Place playground is part of the Bernie Mullane Masterplan.
Improvements outlined in the Masterplan also include the addition of a dog off-leash area, decommissioning and reconstruction of the dam area to include picnic areas, installation of exercise and fitness stations, improved lighting and car parking facilities and the installation of synthetic sports surfaces.