National charity Touched by Olivia kicked off their fundraising drive to build their first inclusive playspace in Western Sydney today, accepting a $38,000 cheque on the future site.
Livvi’s Place is part of Touched by Olivia’s national strategy to work with communities across the country to create inclusive playspaces. Livvi’s Place Jordan Springs is a partnership project between Touched by Olivia, Penrith City Council and Lend Lease, who have both already donated $150,000 each.
Stuart Ayres, State Member for Penrith, was thrilled to be on the Jordan Springs site to share the good news with parents and kids that Livvi’s Place had been granted $38,000 in the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership fund after pooling funds with Member for Londonderry, Bart Bassett.
Local parents were delighted to hear that the plans for the playground were ready for review after a long consultation period last year, and the kids were excited to see that what they had asked for was included.
Touched by Olivia Executive Officer, Bec Ho, shared her thoughts on the design. “It was very clear in our community consultation sessions that families need shade and water. The water area is really creative and will allow everyone to truly access the water play. The layout of Livvi’s Place, the social areas and the planting are really detailed and we’ve been working with lots of local service providers to develop a space that meets their needs – for example, the See Foundation. There is a beautiful sensory garden, and we love the accessible bounce pads.”
Ross Fowler OAM, Penrith City Council Mayor said: “Penrith City Council are committed to providing these facilities across Penrith. We’re excited to be partnering on this project, and have contributed $150,000 to developing this new playspace, where people of all abilities will be able to experience the joy of playing side by side in their local park. I know it will be a tremendous asset for our Penrith families.”
“Lend Lease is proud to have contributed towards the inclusive playspace at Jordan Springs. This playground will be a great source of fun for families in the region to use and for the first time allows an inclusive play environment for all children to enjoy. This outcome can not be achieved for the local community without Touched by Olivia Foundation, Penrith Council and Lend Lease all working together,” said Paul Gerlach, Regional Development Manager of Lend Lease.
The design for Livvi’s Place was developed by world leading landscape architects, JMD after a 6 month consultation with community, who are invited to have a look and give feedback online and in person at the first fundraising event – a special screening of the Lego Movie at Skyline Drive Ins on May 3rd. Activities include a Lego building competition and Stockland Pyjama Fashion Parade. Tickets are just $25 per car and available online through Eventbrite.