Monday, 28 August 2017

Northern Beaches Council Administrator Dick Persson AM has opened a new playground in Belrose, as part of a world-leading approach to making playgrounds more inclusive.

Northern Beaches Council and local group Play For All Australia are teaming up in a new pilot project which will span five local playgrounds in Belrose and is designed around the principles of sensory play for children.

The community driving force behind this partnership are the co-founders of Play For All Australia, Tim Smith and Caroline Ghatt, Northern Beaches parents who have two children including a son with a profound disability.

Tim and Caroline said their family experiences helped them understand how an opportunity for inclusion could positively benefit many families in the local community.

The project involves five local playgrounds in Belrose - Lindrum Reserve, Maple Reserve, Windrush Reserve, Pusan Reserve and Wentworth Reserve.

With the development of the new all-abilities playground at Lionel Watts Reserve, they will help drive the vision of Northern Beaches Council as a world-leading destination for inclusive play.

Mr Persson is pictured with Caroline Ghatt and Council CEO Mark Ferguson at the launch.