Kymberly Martin
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All Abilities park opens in Melbourne

The Stockland property group recently opened its first inclusive park in South East Melbourne. Located in the Edgebrook community, the Variety Livvi’s Place has been designed to consider children and families living with autism.

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To encourage learning it has an abundance of experiences to support children with sensory processing, social interaction and movement incorporating features such as water sensory zones, quiet spaces and themed zones, including the recently opened flight deck. There is also a shaded barbeque area, toilet facilities, slides, swings and more. 

Variety national manager inclusive play, Kim Becherand, said inclusive play spaces like Variety Livvi’s Place at Edgebrook that engages all children, their families and friends in play, are fundamental in creating inclusive communities across Australia.

“We are proud of our continuing partnerships with Stockland as a key element in our mission for every local council area to have at least one inclusive play space,” she said.

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The park was designed in collaboration with occupational therapist, Katie Greig, and caters for cognitive aspects, sensory sensitivities and empathy intelligence. It combines a balance of amenity, therapy, education, ecology, colour and the seven senses.