|Address .||Whiteman Park, WA|
|Stage||Funding needed. Download our sponsorship document to find out how you can get involved.|
|About Pia’s Place
Pia’s Place is a joint project driven by the Rudd family in memory of their baby, Pia Maeve. Partners include Lions Club of Noranda, Touched by Olivia and Whiteman Park with the goal to create an all ages, all access playground to be built in Whiteman Park WA. Pia’s Playground will meet the needs of the greater community in line with the Livvi’s Place Inclusive Play Strategy – that play is for all children, regardless of their ability.
For the past 5 years a group of dedicated volunteers have worked on developing an inclusive playspace at Whiteman Park. The design is unique and playful, with customised play equipment to allow children and adults of all abilities to play together. The playspace is to be known as “Pia’s Playground” in memory of baby Pia Maeve Rudd.
With a theme of transport (to honour Whiteman Park’s transport heritage), Pia’s Place plans on providing the means for ALL children to transport themselves to nature and another dimension. The Pia’s Playground team have created a design for a playspace where you can get dizzy, move fast, move slow, search for buried treasure, watch sunlight play through leaves, climb, rock, slide, create and reflect, regardless of your ability or age. Rainbows will be reflected in subtle elements of the playground design reflecting the storm of emotions and gifts of hope left by children who leave this world too early.
Some of the features included are a living sensory train tunnel, double slides and climbers leading up to an elevated lighthouse jetty, a wheelchair accessible basket swing, a batavia shipwreck styled play area with accessible wet sand moulding stations fed by rainwater, a sensory garden adjoining the accessible maze, and a number of family shelters scattered around the site which sits adjacent to the Mussel Pool East tram stop.
A DREAM TEAM FOR PIA’S PLAYGROUND: WE NEED YOU!
In the winter of 2007, I dreamt of a playspace. In my dream, I felt the wind touch my face and bring the sound of laughter. I saw the sunlight reflect rainbows onto a path filled with children of all abilities and I felt the energy of a community finding hope in the next generation.
In the autumn of 2013, I continue to immerse myself in the dream of a playspace but I have found that I am no longer alone in my dream. What was once my personal dream has now become the dream of a community. I have shared my dream and found others who have shared similar dreams and together, we look forward to awakening from our dreams and finding them to be a shared reality.
With the Disability Services Commission recently pledging $30 000 towards our project, alongside around $60 000 in funds already raised by the Lions Club of Noranda and Touched by Olivia, every day we journey closer to making our dream a reality. But it is now more than ever that we need a Dream Team to get the funds required to build a playspace for all. So, are you going to be part of our dream team or do you know someone who has what it takes to be part of something truly awesome?
|Get involved||Our Dream Team
If you or someone you know possess any of these skills, WE NEED YOU! No formal qualifications or experience are required (although completely accepted) for any of these positions….We just need people with passion and a little extra time to spare towards making Perth a better place to live.
Vale Wendy Seymour
On 6th October 2016 we lost a good guy – a play warrior.
Our dear friend and play person, Wendy Seymour, passed in her sleep after being diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year.
Wendy was a wonderful advocate for play. Touched By Olivia (Bec) first met Wendy in 2011. We were travelling by train from the International Play Association Convention in Wales back to London when Barb Champion introduced us with her usual flair – “you two need to know each other”.
Wendy was so generous with her exceptional and unique skill and experience in designing landscapes, and shared a story of her mate Amy Rudd. Amy had lost her baby Pia, and wanted to create a positive meaning to her life. Wendy and Amy had partnered up to design an amazing, inclusive nature playground in Whiteman Park, Western Australia. Did Touched by Olivia want to get involved? Of course we did. And the friendship began.
Wendy joined us on the National Inclusive Playspace advisory panel TBO facilitated in 2012 and provided knowledge, valuable insight and passion.
Wendy has designed some of the most innovative and inclusive playspaces, and educated so many of us on the extensive benefits of true nature play.
Pia’s Place is hoped to open in 2017, and will be Wendy’s Magnum opus.
Our love and thoughts go to her family and all those who are missing her.
In lieu of floral gifts, Wendy had requested that donations be made to Pia’s Place, to help bring her final, and potentially greatest, playspace to life.
Vale Wendy Seymour.