Inclusive Local Playspaces
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 project was 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 that focussed on transforming five neighbourhood playgrounds in Belrose on Sydney's Northern Beaches into a living and vibrant inclusive sensory play network that all children, regardless of ability, could enjoy.
It was an ambitious and unprecedented social innovation project based on budgets, timings and scope.
This project was proudly launched in August 2017, and completed in October 2017.
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"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 included representatives from Northern Beaches Council as well as local parents, specialist educators, child development experts and creative industry & manufacturing experts. Aside from their professional expertise, the majority of this group were 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
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Project in Pictures
Cushman & Wakefield, Vivid Sydney
PROJECT: VIVID IDEAS 2017
TITLE: 'Creating sensory rich experiences for all children, including those with special needs'
COLLABORATION WITH: CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD AUSTRALIA
Vivid Sydney is a 23-day festival of light, music and ideas that features many of the world's most important creative industry forums, a mesmerising free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations and a cutting-edge contemporary music program.
Vivid Ideas offers a global forum for ingenuity and innovation where fresh concepts and trends are shared. It focuses on innovation, creativity & community.
Tim and Caroline Play proudly worked with Cushman & Wakefield, the inaugural Access and Inclusion sponsors of Vivid Sydney 2017. They shared their personal family story, and helped design and facilitate Cushman & Wakefield's Vivid Ideas workshop on June 13th 2017 at the Museum of Contemporary Art which saw 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.
The team are excited to continue the journey with Cushman & Wakefield in 2018.