Residents urged to imagine new playspace

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Residents are 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.

The community dedicated an enormous amount of resources and money to help deliver the existing playground in 2001, with more than 1500 volunteers involved in its creation.

With the outdated playground now in need of replacement, the City is looking to again meet the needs of the community and design a modern and compliant regional-level facility.

A survey, released this week, is aimed at understanding what play experiences and equipment should be considered in the design.

Residents can 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.

The workshops are being held on Thursday 21 November (7pm-8pm) and Friday 22 November (10am-11am).

Please register with your name and the forum you will be attending to [email protected]

Council has budgeted $100,000 in the 2019-20 Budget towards the design of the project.

Variety will lead a fundraising initiative, working with Geelong businesses and individuals to financially support the inclusive play space to reach its full potential.

Council is committed to building a more inclusive and socially connected community, striving for all public places in Greater Geelong to be disability access compliant.

Variety has 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

This is 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 another.

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.

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