Blacktown City Council has open the Wawai Ngurra, inclusive adventure playspace at Nurragingy Reserve. The 1.5 acre site, located in Western Sydney in the 63-hectare Doonside bushland reserve, includes adventurous elements that children of all ages and abilities can enjoy and is the city’s first fully inclusive play space.
The centrepiece of the inclusive play space design is an 85-metre customised elevated walkway, that enables all users to reach a top platform with a play area, 3.5 metres above the ground, with various play opportunities intertwined with the walkway for visitors to experience. There is also a Changing Places facility, all access swings, musical items, trampoline, a sand table, quiet places and a play sculpture.
The play space removes barriers that in the past stopped everyone playing together, now all members of the community can play and relax in an inclusive and safe play space
The council collaborated with the Children’s Charity, Variety and the Touched by Olivia organisation to deliver the area as a project for the whole community.
“Nature play is something we all need, but time spent in the wonders of the outside world is not easy, or even possible for many of us”, founder of Touched by Olivia and Livvi’s mum, Justine Perkins said.
“Families and children can experience nature and adventure play together, with boundless choices on offer. Accessible pathways, parking, and a full Changing Places amenity means you can stay for an hour or a whole day,” she said.