invited to provide input into the design of a world-class inclusive playspace
at Rippleside on the Geelong waterfront.
The City has
partnered with Variety – the Children’s Charity to construct a new play area
for children of all abilities at Rippleside Park.
dedicated an enormous amount of resources and money to help deliver the
existing playground in 2001, with more than 1500 volunteers involved in its
outdated playground now in need of replacement, the City is looking to again
meet the needs of the community and design a modern and compliant
released this week, is aimed at understanding what play experiences and
equipment should be considered in the design.
also learn more about the project and share their ideas at one of two community
workshops being held at the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre next month.
are being held on Thursday 21 November (7pm-8pm) and Friday 22 November
with your name and the forum you will be attending to SPIAdmin@geelongcity.vic.gov.au
budgeted $100,000 in the 2019-20 Budget towards the design of the project.
lead a fundraising initiative, working with Geelong businesses and individuals
to financially support the inclusive play space to reach its full potential.
committed to building a more inclusive and socially connected community,
striving for all public places in Greater Geelong to be disability access
successfully partnered with other local governments to deliver similar
playspaces in Bankstown and Taree.
Through clever and creative design and
engineering, the new facility will give people of all abilities a fun and
challenging place to play side-by-side.
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher
intended to truly be a playspace for every child in our region. It fits our
vision of a healthy and socially connected community where everyone is welcome
and given the opportunity to participate fully.
We want to
create a playground that builds on our reputation as a UNESCO City of Design,
with cleverly designed equipment that allows all children to play alongside one
Cr Anthony Aitken, Chair, Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee
We are excited to be working with Variety to deliver this inclusive playground, which will improve the lives of so many children in Greater Geelong. We’re encouraging everyone in the community to have their say on the design, to help us make it the very best it can be. It’s our intention that the finished playground will be absolutely world class.
We’re also aiming to capture the same community spirit and involvement that inspired the original playground back in 2001. Around 1500 community members were involved in that project, and we’d love to see even greater involvement this time around.
David Sexton, CEO Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT
Variety Livvi’s Place provides an opportunity for families with kids of mixed abilities to play together. Variety is proud to work alongside communities, such as Rippleside, to make an inclusive playspace a reality.
We believe every local council area must have at least one inclusive playground and we’re very excited to be partnering with forward thinking communities, such as Greater Geelong, to begin changing the way public playspaces are built. Infused throughout the work Variety does is the unwavering belief that all kids deserve a fair go and that every child has the right to feel included.