Glenfield inclusive playground takes out national award

An aerial view of Variety Livvi's Place playground at Glenfield. Picture: Supplied
An aerial view of Variety Livvi's Place playground at Glenfield. Picture: Supplied

Glenfield's popular inclusive play space has been recognised nationally.

Variety Livvi's Place Glenfield picked up the Playground Design and Development Award at the Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards.

The playground is designed for kids of all ages and abilities to have a great time, and features a variety of inclusive play equipment.

Livvi's Place was created by Campbelltown Council, Variety the Children's Charity and the Touch by Olivia Foundation.

Campbelltown general manager Lindy Deitz said the award recognised the hard work that went into the playground.

"Variety Livvi's Place was designed with the needs of every child in mind, regardless of their age or ability, and sets the tone for future playground projects in our city," she said.

"It's a place where families can gather and siblings and friends can play together, form lasting friendships and enjoy the outdoors.

"This award showcases the quality of the design and construction of this fantastic park."

Council staff worked with Place Design Group to design the playground while also conducting an extensive community engagement process to incorporate feedback from residents.

Place Design Group Associate Baz Richards said every design decision had been made with inclusion front of mind.

"We wanted to create a play space for children and youth, as well as parents, grandparents and carers who take their children to the space," Mr Richards said.

"Some people face barriers with mobility, travel and even access to public bathroom facilities, so we wanted to provide an all amenities play experience that would allow for all day stays to be a reality, regardless of ability."

The $2.5 million playground was officially opened in April. It was funded by the state government ($2 million), the council ($350,000) and Variety ($150,000).

Another Livvi's Place playground can be found at Warragamba.

The Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards which recognises individuals, not-for-profits, commercial, play, recreation and sport sectors, for their innovations to get more people active.

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