The Inclusive Play Space is a partnership project attracting funding and support from City of Ballarat, State Government, businesses and the community. Central Highlands Water has contributed significant funding to the water play precinct that includes a network of shallow streams and weirs. Project partners, the Touched by Olivia Foundation has championed community involvement with generous donations now approaching $100,000 thanks for support from Rotary Clubs, Bank of Melbourne, TGM, V/Line and local schools.
Ballarat’s first Inclusive Play Space includes multiple play zones and accessible equipment designed for people with a disability. Features are a double flying fox, multiple swings, slides, carousel and a year-round passive/imaginative water play precinct. The project includes new paths, shade shelters, BBQs, picnic tables, car parking and toilet facilities.
An inclusive playground enables children, parents, grandparents and carers of all abilities and ages to socialise and play side-by side on the same equipment, in the same environment. It is not a dedicated playground for people with disabilities but a play space designed for the use and benefit of all community members, ensuring full integration of children and families and improved community connections.