Activities in Warragamba’s all-abilities playground revealed

Kids of all abilities will have a ball on swings, in a cubby house, on a see-saw and more at Warragamba’s new playground. 

Wollondilly Council has unveiled the draft design of the inclusive play space and wants residents’ feedback.

The council is working closely with the Touched by Olivia Foundation, which has designed the $1.2 million playground.

The proposed activities and play equipment in the park will include a cableway, swings, carousel, jungle walk, train, slide, tunnel, play tower, cubby house, musical instruments, see-saw, cycle track, inground trampolines, hopscotch and a quiet corner.

The playground, which was first proposed in 2012, is a pet project for mayor Judith Hannan and she is looking forward to seeing it built.

“This park will be very different to every other park in the shire,” she said.

“Anyone who is familiar with the parks designed by the Touched by Olivia Foundation knows that people come from miles to use them.

“There are activities for everyone in the family no matter their ability or age.

“This will be an economic driver for Warragamba and the shire. 

“It will bring tourists to the area.”

Cr Hannan and Hume MP Angus Taylor  have encouraged the community to give their feedback on the design because the playground “will belong to the community at the end of the day”.

“I want people to have a look and put in their input so we can get it delivered as soon as possible,” she said.

“Shop owners in Warragamba have been involved in the delivery of the community project.”

The federal government provided $350,000 towards the development of ‘Livvi’s Place’.

“The whole concept of Livvi’s Place has been driven by the community and it will be used by the community, so it’s important locals have input into its final design,” Mr Taylor said.

A charity fundraiser night was held on Saturday, November 4 and more than 150 people attended with more than $20,000 raised.

The council would like feedback on whether residents want splash pads installed near either the dry creek bed or the climbing tower and whether accessible parking should be moved to Civic Centre Circuit.

Cr Hannan said if the splash pads were supported then the council would need to consider water hygiene, operating costs and safety.

The draft design shows accessible parking will be on Weir Road and will provide better accessibility to the park.

Comments on the draft design close on December 5.

To make a submission, visit: www.engage.wollondilly.nsw.au or visit council staff at Carols in the Park at Warragamba Civic Park on November 25 from 4pm or Stars in the Garden at Picton Botanic Gardens on December 1 from 5pm.