Bunbury Accessible Playground

Bunbury, WA

Located adjacent to the Bunbury Big Swamp Wildlife Park, the Bunbury Assessible Playground Project was borne of a desire to create a play space to facilitate social interaction and participation on all playground pieces for children with and without disabilities. This project aimed to provide a truly inclusive play space for children, parents, friends and family to play and interact together in a natural setting.

This project provides a truly inclusive play space for children, parents, friends and family to play and interact together in a natural setting. The playground design purposely does not highlight the users disability and appears to cater for all children.

Working closely with the community working party the following project priorities were identified. Equipment pieces have the provision for wheelchair access and supportive seating. The design incorporates existing natural elements to facilitate shared play spaces and interaction with the local environment.

Working closely with the project and community working party the following project priorities were identified;

  • Equipment that all children can use
  • A capacity for children and adults of all abilities to play alongside each other
  • Equipment pieces which have fun elements such as movement
  • Equipment designed to cater for multiple users at once
  • Equipment pieces have the provision for wheelchair access and supportive seating
  • Incorporate existing nature elements to facilitate shared play spaces and interaction with the natural environment
  • Play equipment selection which doesn’t highlight the disability or specific use.

The design draws from a desire to create a natural play space utilising local, natural materials and art forms that stimulate every sense. The design utlises a range of plant material that provides shade, colour, softening and interest. The play area rest between existing built form and provides usable character when viewed from within the adjacent internal spaces.

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