We are breaking the rules that say inclusion is too hard, too expensive, too implausible.

PLAY FOR ALL AUSTRALIA |  FEB 2017

 
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The Belrose Inclusive Playspace Pilot

PROJECT PARTNER: NORTHERN BEACHES COUNCIL
CREATIVE PARTNER: B-SIDE CREATIVE
LOCATION: BELROSE, Sydney, Australia
LAUNCHING: 2017

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.

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The Issue

"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.

Defining measures of success and the shared developmental needs for all children

Defining measures of success and the shared developmental needs for all children


Project Collaborators

The power of collaboration and creativity: an incredible team of Designers, Architects, Engineers, Childhood development experts, Concreters, Carpenters, Community and Parents.

The power of collaboration and creativity: an incredible team of Designers, Architects, Engineers, Childhood development experts, Concreters, Carpenters, Community and Parents.

 

Project Outcomes

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

Designing for inclusion from the beginning 

Designing for inclusion from the beginning 

Smaller budgets just mean we need bigger ideas
— Caroline Ghatt, co-founder
Workshop One: Sharing professional insights about the developmental needs of all children

Workshop One: Sharing professional insights about the developmental needs of all children

These must be Living Spaces
— Juan Pablo Gomez Co-Architect & Designer
Workshop Two: Sharing inspiration and Ideating

Workshop Two: Sharing inspiration and Ideating

First playspace to launch - "Movement": Lindrum Reserve at Belrose (Photograph of Play Pavillion)

First playspace to launch - "Movement": Lindrum Reserve at Belrose (Photograph of Play Pavillion)

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.