Yesterday, we celebrated the opening of the 20th Livvi’s Place.
Livvi’s Place Jordan Springs was developed in partnership with Touched by Olivia Foundation, Penrith City Council and Lendlease over a five year period.
MEDIA RELEASE: Lendlease and the Touched by Olivia Foundation officially opened Livvi’s Place at Jordan Springs today, marking the first inclusive play space to be built by Lendlease.
Designed in consultation with local children, people with disabilities and their families and carers, local schools and academics, Livvi’s Place is an inclusive play space that will enable children of all ages and abilities to play side-by-side using the same equipment.
The state-of-the-art play space boasts several interactive spaces including a large water play area with 6 water jets, a sandpit, trampolines, swings, a range of play equipment, a performance stage and picnic areas.
The opening of Livvi’s Place was celebrated with a grand opening event featuring market stalls, food, games and performances from children’s entertainer and Touched by Olivia Foundation ambassador, Jay Laga’aia.
The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith and Penrith Mayor John Thain officially opened the play space alongside representatives from Lendlease and the Touched by Olivia Foundation.
General Manager of Lendlease Communities in NSW/ACT, Arthur Ilias, said, “after more than five years of planning, consultation with the community and our partners, The Touched by Olivia Foundation and Penrith City Council, it’s great to open Livvi’s Place at Jordan Springs.”
“Livvi’s Place is the first inclusive play space to be built by Lendlease and has soft rubber flooring spaces, a rock climbing area, a water play area, access to public toilets and more to ensure that children of all abilities can play together,” said Mr Ilias.
Touched by Olivia Foundation Founder, Justine Perkins said, “Olivia’s legacy is to help children become healthier and happier.
“The opening of Livvi’s Place and our partnership with Lendlease and the Penrith City Council will ensure that children in Jordan Springs and surrounding suburbs have plenty of opportunities to play outdoors with other children and enjoy the equipment no matter their age or ability,” Justine said.
Penrith Mayor John Thain said it’s always exciting to launch a new playground in Penrith, but the opening of Livvi’s Place in Jordan Springs was much more than a new place to play.
“Livvi’s Place is an inclusive playground for our city and one that I’m personally really excited about,” said Cr Thain.
“This is a great example of government, not-for-profit organisations and developers working together for the benefit of, and with, the community.”
Livvi’s Place is spans over 2350 square metres and includes more than 3781 trees, shrubs, flowers and plants, 15 personalised pavers and 13 hand painted tiles. There are spaces for kids to spin, climb, slide, swing, jump, dig, run, sing and dance, eat and wheel with nearly all facilities at Livvi’s Place being wheelchair friendly.