*** July 2020 Update***
After being closed for maintenance, the Marion Council have advised that Hendrie Street is open for business again….just in time for the July school holidays!
Livvi’s Place has been specially designed in close consultation with the community to ensure no-one is left out, including those with disabilities, and is located at Hendrie Street Reserve, behind the Marion Outdoor Pool. Built on a beautiful tree-lined reserve, the playground features a wheelchair accessible carousel, swings, slides, a nature play creek, play tables, an accessible cubby house and water play areas – most of which are accessible to wheelchairs. Families will love coming to the playground which also features BBQs and picnic shelters. The site is fully fenced and protected by shade sails.
What a magical area the Hendrie Street Reserve inclusive play space is. Bringing together all kids and allowing them to play side by side regardless of ability. This playground has it all and the Marion Council have done an amazing job. This is the first playground in SA developed specifically for kids with disabilities and Kids In Adelaide are proud to be part of it.
The play equipment is just amazing and has such diversity and variety with something for everyone. It features 2 slippery dips, with one that can be accessed via a ramp the other via a rope tunnel, multiple swings including an expression swing for carers to use so they can swing and face a child, rope climbing frames and a mini rock climbing wall.
The Hendrie street reserve playground also has a mini carousel flush with the ground for all to use, water and nature play areas and a 40m bike and scooter track. You will find an orchard (YUM!) and a separate sensory play space for drawing, reflecting and quiet time for the kids.
There is a bucket and pulley station, as well as multiple areas for sand and water play (bring a change of clothes!) and a super cool giant water corkscrew! Much of the equipment can be accessed via ramps for wheelchair use, and consideration has also been given to children who may have vision and hearing impairments and spectrum disorders.
We love the large multisided blackboard area (BYO chalk), but do note that kids can’t be seen easily when inside this area – along with a few other places in this lovely large play space due to the solid wood walls etc. Still to come is a social play space where the kids can play with matchbox cars, enjoy giant chess or a game of hopscotch. It has all been taken care of. But wait, lets not forget about the 6m tall spade known as Dig and Delve that towers over the playground, which kids can use to create pencil rubbings or use a stick to make music.
The park is fully fenced, has lots of parking and plenty of shade sails and wheelchair users can access the BBQs, water fountains and toilet facilities that include an adult change table. There is also plenty of room on the grassy areas, and lots of nearby mature shade trees so bring along a ball and a picnic and make a day of your visit.
The Marion Council have done an amazing job and have really given justice to this amazing, inclusive play space in Adelaide. Hendrie Street Reserve deserves a big “Well Done!”