What started out as a post on Facebook has snowballed into the development of a playground for people of all abilities to play side-by-side on the same equipment.
Mia Stewart, 4, was born with Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency leaving one leg shorter than the other due to an underdeveloped femur and she is excited to be able to use the new playground.
Leila Bright, her mother, said it’s important for Mia to feel a part of the community and to play alongside all people, regardless of ability.
“All kids benefit from playing together, they learn to accept differences and respect everyone,” she said.
“We started at the beginning with a Facebook status saying there were no accessible parks and after all these steps it’s coming to fruition.
“It’s a dream come true, not just for us, but for everyone.”
Features of the playground include ground-level accessible or adjustable-height equipment such as including a trampoline and a carousel, an inclusive swing and see-saw, a multi-directional swing with nest seat, a cubby house and a range of interactive sensory pieces and panels.
Wagga City Council’s strategic asset planner Ben Creighton said the Livvi’s Place will be ready for the community to enjoy by September.
““It’s a world-class playground and a testament to the vision of the national charity Touched by Olivia Foundation, who partnered with Wagga City Council in this project,” he said.