All Abilities Playground - Ross Reserve
What is the All Abilities Playground?
In early 2020, Council will be building a new premier All Abilities Playground in Ross Reserve, Noble Park. The all abilities playground is being developed by Council in partnership with the Victorian Government. The Victorian Government has provided significant funding support for this project through Sport and Recreation Victoria.
The playground will be located between the Noble Park Community Centre and Noble Park Aquatic Centre, and will offer an inclusive experience for all. It will provide a play environment for a diverse range of children, youth and adults of all ages, sizes and abilities.
All people should have the ability to play and choose how they engage and challenge themselves physically, mentally and socially, regardless of their age or abilities. The term disability goes beyond those with visual and physical disabilities such as those who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids to more broadly include those people living with autism, sensory challenges, cognitive and developmental issues and complications that arise from aging.
Some children may have difficulty using or finding their way through a park or play area due to difficulties moving, seeing, reaching items, fitting into spaces, not being able to perform unaided physical tasks and not being able to use loose materials. Inclusion seeks to bring together the concepts of access, participation, equity and dignity to all users.
The final design of the playground has been strongly informed by what the community and stakeholders have told us during the two phases of community engagement undertaken between February and May 2019. The engagement process was positive and constructive and showed a high level of support and enthusiasm for the project.
The community and stakeholders told us that:
Separating equipment and spaces by ability or need is one of the biggest mistakes the design of an all-abilities playground can make. Instead the playground design must integrate the play elements so that those with different needs and abilities can play together.
Final design of the All Abilities Playground
The environment of ‘Red Gum Ecology’ provides the playground's overarching landscape character which connects the seven distinct play areas. The seven themes of the playground are descibed below.
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Final concept plan