Touched by Olivia is proud to be working with Stockland to deliver our next inclusive playspace, Livvi’s Place in Sienna Wood. Read more about the project below in the media release sent out to celebrate the start of construction:
Col Dutton, Stockland’s WA General Manager, said the new park would take up prime position beside Sienna Wood’s future town centre and primary and high schools, featuring a network of walkways and cycle paths to connect the park’s all-abilities playground, dog exercise area, fitness zones and shaded BBQ areas.
“We are very proud to be setting a new benchmark for inclusive, imaginative outdoor play in WA, and look forward to our new Sienna Wood feature park becoming a landmark destination for families across this growing area of Perth.”
“The new feature park is Stockland’s largest ever in WA, and will encourage children of all abilities to embark on a journey of exploration, providing them with endless outdoor fun as they let their imaginations run wild.”
Minister for Planning and Disability Services, Hon. Donna Faragher MLC, Mayor of Armadale, Henry Zelones OAM, and Justine Perkins, Founder of the Touched by Olivia Foundation, were on hand to officially turn the first sod for the park.
Touched by Olivia Founder, Justine Perkins, said the all-abilities, shipwreck-themed playground at the centre of the park was designed for all children to play together, including those with physical disabilities, vision, hearing and mobility impairments, or spectrum disorders such as autism.
“With one in five Australians living with a disability, it is fantastic to continue our work with Stockland creating inclusive parks across WA and nationally.”
“Our playgrounds provide easy access and fun, stimulating play areas – but they are really about celebrating the ability all children, parents and grandparents share in playing and having fun.”
“We hope that if children can start on a level playing field, playgrounds like this will lead to creating a community that is more inclusive.”
The new 6,000 square metre playground will include a range of equipment to encourage active, social, sensory and educational play. At the centre will be a 30-metre shipwreck surrounded by rocks, sand and shipping cargo as well as a ‘walk-the-plank’ themed ‘drop zone’.
Other key features will include a dry creek bed with logs for children to walk across, viewing platforms, giant swings, a dual all-abilities flying fox, water and sand play elements, in-ground trampolines, slides and musical equipment where kids can beat out tunes.
The park will also include a large turfed ‘teen area’ offering older kids endless fun with table tennis and a ‘hit up wall’.
The park and shipwreck-themed playground at Sienna Wood is expected to open in October 2017.
As part of the design process, TBO undertook a detailed community consultation with community groups, and children in the local community. Please review the consultation report: