The Belrose Inclusive Playspace Pilot
PROJECT PARTNER: NORTHERN BEACHES COUNCIL
CREATIVE PARTNER: B-SIDE CREATIVE
LOCATION: BELROSE, Sydney, Australia
Belrose is a suburb on Sydney's Northern Beaches. This Inclusive Play Pilot is being run by Play For All Australia in partnership with the Northern Beaches Council. It forms part of the $6.3m “Connecting All Through Play” program announced by the Council in December 2016.
It is a design innovation project focussed on transforming five neighbourhood playgrounds in Belrose on Sydney's Northern Beaches into a living and vibrant inclusive play network that all children, regardless of ability, can enjoy.
This is an ambitious and unprecedented social innovation project based on budgets, timings and scope.
"How might we make local playgrounds inclusive, on a budget?"
Children with disabilities are routinely excluded & isolated from playgrounds because these spaces are not universally designed from the start, to be inclusive.
This is particularly the case for smaller playgrounds which typically make up the majority of play spaces across communities. Having the opportunity to access and participate equally in these spaces is vital to the emotional & social wellbeing of children in our local communities. Being unable to do so puts these families & children at greater risk of social isolation.
We want to change this through the use of universal design and Design Thinking to produce play experiences that are equitable, sustainable, sensory rich and most importantly, fun for all children regardless of ability.
A Multidisciplinary Project Team
Led by Play For All Australia, the primary project team includes representatives from Northern Beaches Council, B-Side Creative Space as well as local parents, specialist educators & child development experts. Aside from their professional expertise, the majority of this group are also local residents and parents too.
The official opening of the first play space occurred on August 24th 2017. The four other play spaces are now all open.
For full details of all the locations please click here
Over 75,000 views of the SBS World News video to date
Project in Pictures
Cushman & Wakefield, Vivid Ideas 2017
PROJECT: VIVID IDEAS 2017
TITLE: 'Creating sensory rich experiences for all children, including those with special needs'
COLLABORATION WITH: CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD AUSTRALIA
Vivid Ideas is a global forum for ingenuity and innovation where fresh concepts and trends are shared. Running from May 28th to June 17th 2017 in Sydney, it focuses on innovation, creativity & community.
Caroline and Tim are proud to be working with Cushman & Wakefield, the inaugural Access and Inclusion sponsors of Vivid Sydney 2017. They are facilitating Cushman & Wakefield's Vivid Ideas workshop on June 13th at the Museum of Contemporary Art which will see a diverse range of minds come together to innovate and imagine how we can create sensory rich experiences where all children can play, participate and belong.