Nature players of Perth, take note: an amazing new play space has arrived in Bibra Lake.
Sprawled out amongst shady trees on the banks of the lake in the City of Cockburn, the new Bibra Lake Regional Playground is full of exciting and challenging play spaces and equipment. The $3.4 million, 7,000m² space comes from a forward-thinking city council aiming to “promote inclusivity and celebrate diversity” by providing maximum access for people of all ages and abilities.
Nature Play WA's Kath and Ellery arrived at the playground's pre-launch event just in time to witness the joyful moment when a group of school children was set loose on the playground.
Kids of all ages raced through the gates amidst shouts of delight. Their biggest dilemma? Which section of the playground to explore first!
The list of play equipment reads like a kid’s dream: a double flying fox, swings, supernova, an assault course, tree-top aerial rope walk, in-ground trampolines, sandpit, water play, pole maze, balance beams, and giant turtle splash pad.
The Bibra Lake area’s Aboriginal heritage is honoured through the Yarning Circle of ‘talking’ rocks which present important local Nyungar stories, the “Hollow Hill” play hill inspired by Aboriginal stories, along with cubbies and climbing frames modelled after Aboriginal fish traps.
In a nod to the area’s natural history, design inspiration was taken from local wildlife and fauna. Little archaeologists in the making can try their hand at the Diprotodon dig, revealing the fossil of the prehistoric marsupial that roamed Bibra Lake some 25,000 years ago.
Play equipment is fitted out with supportive seating, and there are wheelchair accessible ramps and rubber mats throughout the playground.
The playground includes Australia’s first wheelchair accessible barbecues, retrofitted with custom designed ignition buttons for the visually impaired and people with limited use in their fingers.
The Changing Places toilet block is another noteworthy component of the Bibra Lake Regional Playground. Built with assistance from the Disability Services Commission, the facility features automatic doors, height-adjustable adult-sized changing bench, and a tracking hoist.
City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the playground had been designed to maximise access through an inclusive environment for all ages and abilities. He also conveyed his personal excitement on the completion of the playground – telling us that he can’t wait to take his grandchildren for a play!
The new Bibra Lake Regional Playground is located on Progress Drive, Bibra Lake