Your feedback sparks playground design review!

Enhancing access for children with disabilities will be the aim of a review now being undertaken by Shire of Dardanup Engineers of the new Glen Huon Playground design.

The review comes in response to feedback from community members on social media.

And the Shire is looking for local residents interested in providing input into a revised design to come forward.

Shire Director of Engineering & Development Services Luke Botica said the aim of the project had been to provide the community with a new playground equal to the standard of the existing one, including considerable work to provide a modern facility that was inclusive and accessible.

“But that doesn’t mean that more can’t be done and now the community has brought the issue of accessibility to our attention, we are happy to review our work and see if some improvements in the area of accessibility can be achieved,” Luke said.

Accessible features already included in the existing playground design are:

  • All abilities seat in the swing set
  • Accessible Musical pipes
  • Accessible Talk tubes
  • All abilities free standing swing
  • Accessible ramp, platform and activity board in the main equipment set
  • Softfall rubber surface
  • Accessible pathways to adjacent facilities
  • 2 x wheelchair accessible barbeques
  • 2 x wheelchair accessible drink fountains
  • 4 x wheelchair accessible picnic tables
  • 2 x large picnic shelters, accessible from all sides

The Shire of Dardanup has also called on the head of an accessibility and inclusion project in Bunbury Adam Johnson for his input.

Mr Johnson is conducting PhD research into the area at Edith Cowan University Bunbury.

Shire of Dardanup residents interested in providing their input on potential improvements to accessibility of the new Glen Huon Playground can contact Shire Manager Assets Mick Saunders on 9724 0000 or email mick.saunders@dardanup.wa.gov.au

Stay tuned for further updates on this project as it develops…