What is the All Abilities Playground?
In early 2020, Council began 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.
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 described below.
- Urban Environment - As the ‘home bases’ these areas are where the main amenities such as shelters/ BBQs/ tables and seats will be located.
- Wetland Environment - This is the backdrop for nature play, quiet spaces, imaginative play, sand play, and a water play element.
- Creek Environment - This area has play activities involving ‘movement’ such as a flying fox, as well as providing a ‘flow’ path and connection between the two ‘home bases’.
- Woodland Environment - This ecology underpins the character of the area where sensory play (see, hear, touch) and exploration occurs, including tactile elements, musical play and exploration trails.
- Grassland Environment - This describes the open grass and kick about space of the adjoining southern lawn that located outside the playground.
- Ranges Environment - This area already has an existing high embankment and becomes the high point for a tower and climbing elements.
- Billabong/ Island Environment - With an accessible Red Gum lookout as its centre piece, this environment will include various play elements such as tunnels, slides, nets, scramble rocks and decks.
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Final Concept Plan
Stage 1 of the All Abilities Playground
Stage 1 commenced on 2 November 2020.
Stage 1 will include a wetland zone, creek-line zone, billabong zone and the park amenities.
Thanks to our funding partners:
- Sport and Recreation Victoria ($2 million)
- Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions ($190,000)
Total Project Cost - $2.5 million
Construction is underway and is due for completion at the end of 2021.