Mayor of The Hills Shire Council, Councillor Yvonne Keane today joined the Touched by Olivia Foundation and students from Warrah School to celebrate the start of construction on the first-ever Hills all-inclusive playspace – Livvi’s Place at Bernie Mullane Reserve.
The design of Livvi’s Place was developed in consultation with local children, people with disabilities and their families, carers and local schools.
The area will boast a number of interactive spaces, including a large water play area, a balance beam walk, swings, a sensory planting area, musical play walk, picnic and barbecue area, climbing ropes and so much more.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane said she was excited for the new playground to become fully tangible in the community.
“One of my key visions is to promote an inclusive and connected community, and I am incredibly proud that we will soon breathe new life into a truly special space at Bernie Mullane Reserve that will be used day-in and day-out by children of all abilities and their families,” Mayor Keane said.
“As someone who is passionate about creating an all-embracing community, and as a local Hills mum, being part of the Council team that is establishing a Livvi’s Place is especially poignant for me.
“I can’t wait to see this special place reimagined into a thriving family-friendly hub.”
Earlier in the year, Mayor Keane held a park consultation at the site of the new Livvi’s Place playspace.
More than 400 children and their parents, dressed in their favourite superhero costumes, were given the opportunity to identify the type of play equipment they enjoyed.
Examples of the wide range of items provided in local parks were on display, including a creative play area, basket swing, tunnels and the traditional favourites – slides and combined play units.
The most common suggestions were for play equipment items and a playground design that could be enjoyed by a range of ages and abilities.
Mayor Keane said the all abilities playspace is the first step to reimagining one of The Shire’s favourite parks.
“This play space will allow children, irrespective of their age or their abilities, to play side-by-side, while making new friends in the process,” Mayor Keane said.
“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 Reserve Masterplan.