Hawkesbury Council begins work on Church Street Reserve inclusive play space

Council has started work on an inclusive play space at Church Street Reserve, South Windsor, and said the new facilities are scheduled to be completed by June.

The new space will include a flying fox and a swing - both accessible and suitable for all ages - as well as a wheelchair-accessible sand and water play area, old church ruins, a meeting and story place with animal sculptures and plantings, a mouse wheel, climbing frame, accessible carousel, and a 'town square' with a soapbox, veggie cart and shopfront for play.

Accessible: The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert at Church Street Reserve as work commences on the new inclusive play space. Picture: Hawkesbury Council

Accessible: The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert at Church Street Reserve as work commences on the new inclusive play space. Picture: Hawkesbury Council

Hawkesbury Mayor, Councillor Barry Calvert, said the site will showcase the 'Everyone Can Play' program guidelines.

"The guideline principles are to provide play spaces for all ages and all abilities for children and their carers," he said.

Council is pitching the space as an alternative but complementary destination to the recently-completed Governor Phillip Park 'Universal Access Play Space' in Windsor.

"The two play spaces are bookends to our towns of Windsor and South Windsor, and rather than repeating experiences provided, Council intends to give an alternative destination with different experiences," Clr Calvert said.

"Governor Phillip Park play space celebrates chaos - natural forms, organic shapes, sneaky tunnels for nefarious activities, rambling rivers, and relatively unstructured planting.

"On the other hand, Church Street is reflecting the organisational arrangement of urban development imposed on a natural landscape."

Church Street Reserve will reportedly have a more structured layout such as straight roads and paths, and formal shapes and plantings, as well as town squares where people can gather, hold markets and public discussions.

The new play space was made possible by a $500,000 grant Council acquired through the State Government Accelerated Open Space and Parklands Program.

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