Over the past few years, Perth's playground designers have done a fantastic job of prioritising social inclusion for local children. Perth playgrounds are now incorporating the needs of children of all abilities, with equipment such as wheelchair friendly play structures, accessible swings and flying foxes and accessible toilets.
Perth Mums Group have put together a list of some of the best accessible playgrounds in and around the city.
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The playground at Piney Lakes Reserve in Murdoch has recently had a makeover, with new and accessible play equipment added. This includes accessible footpaths, a swing with harness and mirror and a roundabout that will hold a wheelchair. The only drawback to this park is the nearby lake, which is not fenced, so always keep an eye on your children.
The impressive Bibra Lake Regional Playground has a number of accessible features, including sound and water play for the visually impaired, wheelchair accessible barbeques, supportive seats on the swings, seesaws and flying fox. There is also disabled change facilities that include tracking hoists, height adjustable adult sized changing bench, automatic doors and enough space for two carers.
This new playground in Hilbert features pathways all through the park for wheelchair and walker use, along with a wheelchair accessible playground, an accessible swing and flying fox and even a wheelchair accessible barbeque. There are ACROD parking bays in the carpark.
The Kwinana Adventure Park was completed in late 2016 and was designed to be as accessible and inclusive as possible. One of the major highlights of the playground is an elevated play structure called the Tree Maze, which is wheelchair accessible from start to finish, has sensory elements and a ‘clatter bridge’, which wobbles from side to side as you step over it. There is an all abilities flying fox, accessible toilets and even an adult change table and hoist.
Image: Courtesy of City of Kwinana
Fantasy Park, Waikiki Rand Avenue, Waikiki Website
Fantasy Park in Waikiki is an award-winning accessible playground featuring a sensory garden, touching panels for visually impaired people, interactive play, accessible barbeques and accessible toilets.
The Variety Place playground was largely designed and built with the needs of disabled children taken into account, with wheelchair accessible pathways and toilets at the park.
Hyde Park, Perth Vincent Street and William Street, Perth Mums Group Review Hyde Park has a number of bits of playground equipment that are wheelchair accessible, including a liberty swing and accessible swing. There are footpaths all around the park that are suitable for wheelchairs and walkers.
Liberty Swing at Hyde Park
Livvi's Place Playground, Brabham Mayfield Drive, corner of Cabrillo Road, Brabham External Review
Livvi's Place Playground was completed in 2015 and features accessible play structures and sensory play which cater to children with physical disabilities, along with those with vision, hearing and mobility impairments and autism spectrum disorders.
Woodbridge Riverside Play Space First Avenue, Woodbridge Website
This eastern suburbs playground has a fantastic, all abilities play space with accessible equipment and facilities. There is a dual abilities flying fox with one seat that has a seat belt, plus play equipment capable of fitting two wheelchairs in at the same time. There is also a liberty swing, accessible toilets and ACROD parking available.
DUE FOR COMPLETION MAY 2018 – Beaton Park All Abilities Play Space, Dalkeith Beaton Park (Redlands Esplanade) Dalkeith
This all abilities playground is due for completion in May 2018 and is located at Beaton Park on the Swan River foreshore in Dalkeith. It has been purposely designed for children with disabilities and those without to play together using the same equipment.
For more wheelchair and pram accessible places in Perth, read on here.