Everyone Can Play at the Easter Show
Published 20 May 2019
Our Everyone Can Play program was featured at the 2019 Easter Show, at the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) stand. Families visiting the Easter Show had the opportunity to experience what it’s like to experience an inclusive playspace through pop-up play equipment, activities and virtual reality.
Using the virtual reality headset, people of all ages were able to walk through Livvi’s Place at Yamble Reserve in Ryde and experience what inclusivity looks like in a playspace. Standing among trees and play equipment, the users were able to explore features that create a fantastic playspace where everyone can play.
Commissioner of Open Space and Parklands Fiona Morrison said while the video is virtual reality, this fantastic reserve and the need for more inclusive playspaces is very real.
“Playspaces these days are vital community hubs. They are not just for kids, they are for parents, older people, people living with a disability and their carers. They need to be inclusive and accessible for all. There is nothing like the real thing but this fantastic VR experience gives people a great sense of what these exciting new inclusive playspaces look and feel like.”
The Everyone Can Play stand featured inclusive play equipment including a maze play panel and three interactive totem poles. As well as being interactive and easy to access, the equipment encourages cognitive development and problem solving.
Visitors to the stand completed a survey which asked for feedback on their local parks and playspaces and what they value most in their local open spaces. The Department are compiling the results of the survey which will be posted here later this month.
So what did we find out?
Most people either walk or drive to their playspace and stay between 31 minutes to 2 hours and LOVE to use the swings.
A big thank you to all 1,356 people who completed our survey! A breakdown of the responses can be found below.