Children give ideas on Livvi's Place playground for Woolooware Bay

Special touch: There are several Touched by Olivia playgrounds like these in NSW. The new one at the Woolooware Bay development is being designed after feedback from the community.
Special touch: There are several Touched by Olivia playgrounds like these in NSW. The new one at the Woolooware Bay development is being designed after feedback from the community.

SUTHERLAND Shire children have contributed ideas for the proposed inclusive playground to be built by Woolooware Bay developers Capital Bluestone on the project's revitalised foreshore area.

Capital Bluestone is close to finalising designs for what it hopes will become Sutherland Shire's first "Livvi's Place" playground which provides a specially designed environment for children of all ages and all abilities to play side by side.

Students from Woolooware and Kurnell public schools took part in the design consultation sessions, telling developers what they would like to see in the new playground.

Sutherland Shire children have contributed ideas for the proposed inclusive playground to be built by Woolooware Bay developers on the revitalised foreshore area.

Sutherland Shire children have contributed ideas for the proposed inclusive playground to be built by Woolooware Bay developers on the revitalised foreshore area.

About 100 residents also took part in an online conversation and attended a community event at Sharkies where more than 30 families who have children with a disability shared their thoughts on what was needed in the inclusive playground.

Capital Bluestone and landscape architects ASPECT Studios took the feedback and created a concept design.

Equipment at the playground, which is subject to approval, could include an inclusive spinner, tunnels, in-ground trampolines, an inclusive sand pit workbench and wheelchair-accessible water play.

The playground is being created in partnership with the Touched by Olivia Foundation (TBO), the national charity established in 2006, which is the work of the Perkins family, who lost their baby daughter Olivia at an early age.

Touched by Olivia executive officer Bec Ho said the goal is for the playground to teach children about inclusiveness from a young age so that it becomes second nature.

A development application is expected to be lodged next year.