Everyone can play at Parsley Bay’s new inclusive playground
Mayor Peter M Cavanagh and Member for Vaucluse, Gabrielle Upton MP unveil the plaque at the official opening of the new play space
L-R: Tessa Pentony (Woollahra Council), Chris
Gorman (NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment), Jan Bond (Woollahra Council), Rod Ward (Woollahra Council)
Woollahra Councillors Matthew Robertson and Megan McEwin
Face painters gave the young visitors to Parsley Bay some decoration for the day
Parsley Bay visitors enjoying the new rope tunnel
Rose Bay Rotary served up a smashing bbq for the families enjoying the event
Aunty Maxine from the La Perouse Aboriginal Community giving the Welcome to Country address
Cara and Hanna enjoying the new carousel
Paul and his daughter Alaia enjoy the new equipment
Published 10 September 2019
A new playground in the iconic Parsley Bay Reserve in Vaucluse provides the Woollahra community with an inclusive play space catering to all ages and abilities.
Mayor of Woollahra, Councillor Peter M Cavanagh and the Member for Vaucluse, the Hon Gabrielle Upton MP officially opened the playground at a special event on Saturday 7 September. The Mayor said the playground, funded with $108,000 in assistance from the State Government’s Everyone Can Play program, is a creative play space that is going to be very popular with locals and visitors to the area.
“Play is such an important part of every child’s development and we are excited to have created a play space that is fun, accessible and inclusive for families and kids to enjoy together in one of our most popular harbour foreshore parks.” - Mayor Peter M Cavanagh
Member for Vaucluse, Gabrielle Upton MP added, “This is a fantastic boost for local families and kids. It will support the kind of open space our community wants and needs.”
The innovative playground features play equipment with disability-accessible elements to provide a range of enjoyable play and social opportunities to challenge and interest all children, while encouraging interaction with adults. Equipment ranges from a challenging rope tunnel, elevated pathway, traditional net ladder, springers and softfall, to accessible elements including a double swing with pod seat allowing for both seated and lying positions and easy transfer from a wheelchair, and a carousel with wheelchair access offering all children the liberating experience of dynamic movement.
Project Manager Rod Ward said the project was a good example of using well designed modern play equipment that encourages play across a broad range of ages and ability. “It was great to see many kids and families at the opening event. I’m please we are offering an improved play experience in one of our most popular and beautiful reserves” he said.
The history of Parsley Bay Reserve has also been given a nod within the playspace. The ship is named the “Shirase” after the Japanese Antarctic expedition team and their commander, who sought shelter in Parsley Bay in 1911 after battling treacherous weather.
Woollahra Council was one of 30 councils selected in the first round of the NSW Government's Everyone Can Play program to share in $4 million to upgrade or create local playspaces. The Everyone Can Play (ECP) Grant Program is a commitment by the NSW Government to support councils to create new and upgrade existing playspaces across NSW to ensure people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds can play.
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