Bellerive’s new play space for all abilities

SPINNING, climbing, sliding, racing, rolling, tumbling and leaping – it’s a hotspot of child’s play on the Eastern Shore thanks to the official opening of Clarence’s newest playground at Bellerive Beach.

The Bellerive Beach Park All Abilities Playground includes giant climbing towers, slides, swings and nature and water-based play designed for all ages and abilities.

Despite the inclement weather, a large crowd gathered for the official opening on Friday 11 August, where guests were entertained with the vocal stylings of Bellerive Primary School students and a celebratory cake.

Clarence Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman said the All Abilities Playground was a secure and welcoming space where kids could lose themselves in play for hours.

“The best feature of our newest playground is that it is an inclusive and accessible play space that can be enjoyed by toddlers and bigger kids, no matter what their level of ability,” he said.

“For example, some of the playground features include a wheelchair accessible carousel, slide and sand play area, along with a basket swing for children with mobility issues.”

The playground was designed with significant input from local children, schools, childcare centres and Council’s Disability Access Advisory Committee.

“Our brief was to create a place where children can explore, learn and play with others, where they can be challenged, take safe ‘play risks’ and let their imagination run wild,” Mayor Chipman said.

“As one student said, ‘a play space should make us get curious’.”

The playground is one of the many improvements to Bellerive Beach Park, which also includes new exercise equipment, picnic and barbecue facilities, car parking, furniture, landscaping, lighting and accessible footpaths.

The next and final stages will include a beachfront promenade and a smaller playground and picnic space at the Beach Street end of the park.

These works will include an improved foreshore path and access to the beach.

There will also be more sheltered barbecue and picnic facilities, public art and an upgrade of the existing toilets to ensure they are accessible.

Caption: Noah from Berriedale enjoying the slide at the new Bellerive Beach Park All Abilities Playground.