City of Ballarat Deputy Mayor Cr Amy Johnson joined with Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison, to announce that City of Ballarat was successful in a grant application to develop a new sensory friendly play zone at Ballarat’s Victoria Park Inclusive Play Space.
The project will be funded with a grant of $186,900 from the Victorian Government’sLocal Sports Infrastructure Fund and a contribution of $124,600 from The City of Ballarat.
After strong advocacy from the City of Ballarat’s Disability Advisory Committee, the Victoria Park Inclusive Play Space was opened in 2016 and around 140,000 people now visit it each year. It is a place where children and adults of all abilities can play, socialise, and connect.
The new Sensory Friendly Zone will be located within the Victoria Park Inclusive Play Space and will consist of play equipment and landscaping to complement and provide connections to the existing active play and recreation opportunities.
The zone will include shops for children to play in as well as a stage, two small 3D hills and a hill with a tunnel. A children’s table with seating and a fairy-tale throne with 10 nearby seats will also be constructed.
With accessible pathways throughout, the zone will include new park benches, and rubber soft fall, as well as 8 new artworks and a ‘Sheoak Forest’ with 20 large potted trees, 100 smaller trees and over 400 shrubs.
There will also be opportunities for nature play with rocks, stepping stones, and a texture and sensory garden.
The Local Sports Infrastructure Fund helps communities by supporting shovel-ready projects across five funding streams including Indoor Stadiums/Aquatic Facilities, Female Friendly Facilities, Community Sports Lighting, Community Facilities, and Planning.
The fund is part of a $1.2 billion investment made by the government in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.
The fund also helps generate economic activity and hundreds of jobs for planners, architects, engineers, project managers, buildings, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, maintenance staff, facility managers and operational personnel. Sourcing local materials will also enable many more Victorian businesses to thrive.
“The Inclusive Play Space at Victoria Park is loved by local families and visitors of all ages and abilities. This investment will ensure that future generations will also be able to visit and enjoy this special place.” said Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison.
“We’re looking forward to receiving this funding to allow us to build another new play space at Victoria Park.” said City of Ballarat Deputy Mayor, Cr Amy Johnson
“The inclusive play space is so important to so many in our community, as it allows access for people of all ability. This new project will allow us to expand the space to include more sensory options.”
“I know a lot of people can’t wait to see how this new play space takes shape, it’ll be a great addition to the park”.