The playground includes giant climbing towers, slides, swings, nature and water based play designed for all ages and abilities.
“The All Abilities Playground is a secure and welcoming space where kids can lose themselves in play for hours on end,” Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman said.
“The best feature of our newest playground is that it is an inclusive and accessible play space that can be enjoyed by toddlers and bigger kids, no matter what their level of ability is.”
“For example, some of the playground features include a wheelchair accessible carousel, slide and sand play area, along with a basket swing for children with mobility issues.”
The playground was designed with significant input from local children, schools, child care centres and Council’s Disability Access Advisory Committee.
“Our brief was to create a place where children can explore, learn and play with others, where they can be challenged, take safe ‘play risks’ and let their imagination run wild. As one student said, ‘a play space should make us get curious’,” Mayor Chipman said.
The playground is one of the many improvements to Bellerive Beach Park which also includes new exercise equipment, picnic and barbecue facilities, car parking, furniture, landscaping, lighting and accessible footpaths.
The next and final stages will include a beachfront promenade and a smaller playground and picnic space at the Beach Street end of the park. These works will include an improved foreshore path and access to the beach. There will also be more sheltered barbecue and picnic facilities, public art and an upgrade of the existing toilets to ensure they are accessible.