- New all-abilities playspace creates another drawcard for Whiteman Park
- 8,000 square metre nature-based playspace designed to encourage inclusive play
- Accessible 'changing places' restroom facilities on-site
Whiteman Park's latest attraction - an 8000 square metre all-abilities playground - officially opened today.
More than 100 very special guests gathered this weekend for the official opening of Pia's Place, a nature-based, all-abilities playspace near Mussel Pool at Whiteman Park.
The innovative playspace will be accessible to children of all abilities, including children with mobility issues and wheelchair users, and those with cognitive, sensory or social-emotional challenges.
It also features customised play equipment including an elevated lighthouse, polished concrete slides, a basket swing, an all-abilities carousel, a sensory garden and family friendly shelters.
The design incorporated universal elements to remove many of the barriers to participating often experienced by people with disability.
Tony and Amy Rudd have been the driving force behind Pia's Place, working in partnership with community groups, individual supporters and the State Government to bring their vision to life.
Constructed by Western Australian company Nature Play Solutions, Pia's Place - and the accessible amenities building - was funded primarily by the Western Australian Planning Commission.
Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:
"I am delighted to officially open this wonderful, inclusive playspace at Whiteman Park. Pia's Place is destined to become one of Whiteman Park's most popular and beloved attractions.
"The idea for an inclusive and accessible playground, suitable for children of all abilities, was originally proposed by Amy and Tony Rudd, who have been unwavering champions for the project since day one."
Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson:
"The McGowan Government is proud to support inclusive and accessible communities that deliver greater opportunities and better outcomes for everyone, both now and into the future.
"Parks and playgrounds should be places for kids of all abilities to come together and learn from each other and develop self-confidence.
"Inclusive playgrounds encourage play, leading to mutual understanding, friendships and a genuine sense of community as well as developing children's language and motor skills.
"Pia's Place offers all this and more, with clever universal design and the seamless blending of nature with specialised equipment.
"Parents with children who have a disability face many challenges accessing places to play and interact with other children, so inclusive and accessible facilities like Pia's Place are vital."
Minister's office - 6552 5500