All-abilities playspace now open in Moonah

The new inclusive playspace at Benjafield Park has officially opened following a $1.2 million renewal project.

Glenorchy Mayor Bec Thomas said development of the new area was driven by the community with a poll determining the theme of the play equipment.

“A space theme was the popular choice and this allowed the council to deliver play equipment that, with a little imagination, could be just as easily used for navigating the far reaches of the solar system as
it is supporting dreams of such adventures at a playground in Moonah,” she said.

The new community space was supported with a bequest from the estate of Reginald Webb, who lived all his life in nearby Gormanston Road, which was used to purchase all-abilities and wheelchair suitable play equipment.

“Mr Webb suffered mobility issues throughout his life after a severe hip injury in his early teens,” Mayor Thomas said.

“As an almost daily visitor to Benjafield Park in his later years, Mr Webb’s bequest has assisted the council in ensuring children of all ability levels will be able to enjoy this new playspace.

“It is particularly heartwarming when someone with such a strong connection to a place helps create a lasting legacy for others and I thank Mr Webb and his family for their generosity and commitment to the community.”

Mayor Thomas said the revamped playspace featured a We-Go Swing, which was suitable for wheelchairs, as well as a wheelchair spinner, making it suitable for children of all abilities.

“These pieces of equipment complement the rocket ship- styled towers, slides, a spinning orb, dual flying foxes, a seesaw rocker and equipment specifically designed to be used as percussion instruments,” she said.

“The equipment supports not just physical activity, but also aims to stimulate imagination and creativity through play in a safe and accessible space.”

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