All Abilities Play Space - the Project
The All Ages, All Abilities Play Space
Enjoy an exceptional experience with the All Abilities, All Ages Play Space (AAPS).
The dream - a play space for everyone no matter their age or ability - is becoming reality this year. On the banks of the Swan River in Nedlands the AAPS will include 17 play zones incorporating active and passive play, water, music, climbing and much, much more.
This leading-edge project, launched in 2013, is on track to begin construction late in 2016. Since 2013 project leaders have raised over 1.5 million dollars from individual donors and Lotterywest.
The public appeal for funds was launched on May 6th by Verity James and was enthusiastically supported by Justin Langer. Four Rotary Clubs (Nedlands, Subiaco and West Perth ) are coordinating the public appeal which will contribute to building further stages of the 4 million dollar project.
Designed by world class playground and landscape architects - Fiona Robbe and Associates - the play space occupies an outstanding 10,000 square metre site at Beaton Park on the Nedlands foreshore. Designed for people of all ages and abilities, the project's goal is to create authentic opportunities for people with disabilities to be included in play and connection. The space will have 17 play zones including sand and water play, nature play, active spinning, active climbing, decks and slides, music play and much more.
The project involves the Rotary Clubs of Nedlands, West Perth, Subiaco and Matilda Bay, the corporate community, the City of Nedlands, Inclusion WA, Australia's Bridge, The City of Nedlands Access Working Group, local disability workers, families and community members. Design development was based on extensive community involvement and consultation.
Environmental and financial sustainability have been established through a Memorandum of Understanding between major sponsor Rotary, the City of Nedlands and Inclusion WA which will manage donations. Rotary is leading the fundraising for capital works, the City of Nedlands has committed to funding the design process, negotiation of the necessary approvals by the Swan River Trust and other required bodies, building management, supervision and ongoing maintenance
The goal is to provide a community play space that:
- Is a unique facility of a high standard
- Provides equal opportunity for all to meet, play, socialise and use play equipment;
- Brings families together, including families of children with disabilities;
- Is inter-generational, with equipment and facilities suitable for old and young and people of differing abilities
- Builds local relationships, within and across age-groups and regardless of ability, as well as with community groups;
- Provides learning opportunities;
- Creates a vibrant community place;