Everyone Can Play in Campbelltown
Campbelltown City Council is proud to have been involved in the creation of Everyone Can Play by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. Council have already started to implement the Everyone Can Play Guideline in the planning, design and management of all 95 playspaces across the Campbelltown LGA. Leading the way is the creation of a new playspace at Cook Reserve in Ruse, NSW.
Cook Reserve is a district park that is used by the local community and people from adjoining suburbs. The park has a range of landscape settings that include a creek, bushland area that is koala habitat, open grassed areas used as kick about space, and picnic grounds.
Cook Reserve playspace was identified for renewal as part of Council’s annual playspace asset renewal program. The existing playspace is 28 years old and currently has limited inclusive elements. Council’s intention for the new playspace was to integrate the natural landscape setting with play elements and create an inclusive space for the local community.
Following the creation of a concept plan for the new inclusive playspace by Council’s open space team, community consultation was undertaken to gather the community’s thoughts on the proposal.
Campbelltown City Council undertakes numerous methods of consultation for all playspace projects including through: Council’s website, social media, and face to face park drop-in sessions. During the Cook Reserve playspace drop-in session, our team presented plans including an analysis plan for the wider reserve area and a concept design for the playspace that incorporated inclusive playspace elements. Everyone Can Play in NSW gave us great tools for explaining to the community; what inclusive playspaces are, why they are important for our community, and how to design spaces to maximise inclusion.