Shipwreck Park at our Sienna Wood (WA) residential community was officially opened in December 2017 on International Day of People with Disability. Shipwreck Park was designed in collaboration with the Touched By Olivia Foundation and provides an atmosphere where children of all abilities can play together, including those with physical disabilities, vision, hearing and mobility impairments, or spectrum disorders such as autism.
Touched by Olivia is one of our CARE Foundation partners and believe that all children, regardless of ability, can lead healthier and happy lives. Touched by Olivia advocate for an inclusive society, through its national network of inclusive playspaces and social enterprises that provide training and employment for people with disabilities.
At the opening, Col Dutton, General Manager for WA, said “We are very proud to be setting a new benchmark for inclusive, imaginative outdoor play in WA. Not only does Shipwreck Park celebrate diversity and inclusion, but at three times the size of the WACA, spanning 6 hectares, it is also our largest park in Western Australia.”
With one in five Australians living with a disability, inclusive playgrounds like Shipwreck Park provide easy access and fun, stimulating play areas that celebrate the abilities of all children. Elements of the playground include viewing platforms, giant swings, a dual all-abilities flying fox, in-ground trampolines, slides and musical equipment for beating out tunes.
Col continues, “This is a fantastic play space that will allow kids’ imaginations to run wild. They can look forward to endless fun studying a treasure map, walking the plank, climbing nets and navigating the high seas.” The park also includes a large turfed ‘teen area’ offering older kids endless fun with table tennis and a basketball court. There is also a large enclosed off-leash dog park for residents to exercise their pooches, a network of walkways and cycle paths, fitness zones, barbecues and shaded areas.
We are proud to partner with the Touched By Olivia Foundation to spread the joy of inclusive play at our residential communities and retail town centres across Australia.