Belrose Inclusive Play Pilot

A design innovation project focused on transforming five neighbourhood play spaces in Belrose into a living and vibrant inclusive play network that all children, regardless of ability, can enjoy.

A design innovation project focused on transforming five neighbourhood play spaces in Belrose into a living and vibrant inclusive play network that all children, regardless of ability, can enjoy.

  • Official Opening

    about 1 month ago
    Belrose inclusive play  pilot launch invitation



  • Playspace Progress

    2 months ago

    We are pleased to present the final concepts for the five playgrounds in the Belrose Play Pilot.

    View the final concepts

    Play for All have been driving the project forward over the last few months.

    Follow their progress

    Installation is due to take place over the coming weeks and you will be welcome to explore the spaces very soon.

    We are pleased to present the final concepts for the five playgrounds in the Belrose Play Pilot.

    View the final concepts

    Play for All have been driving the project forward over the last few months.

    Follow their progress

    Installation is due to take place over the coming weeks and you will be welcome to explore the spaces very soon.
  • The story so far....

    6 months ago

    March 2016 - Play For All Australia Facebook group founded in response to playground upgrade at Wingara Reserve, Belrose. Advocacy undertaken to (then) Warringah Council Mayor and Head of Parks & Reserves to make inclusive design the starting point for all new and upgrading playgrounds.

    April 2016 - Approached B-Side Creative Space, Brookvale.

    June 2016 - Under the newly amalgamated Northern Beaches Council, Administrator Dick Persson, a key supporter of our cause, delivered a Mayoral Minute, original penned by Warringah Council Mayor Michael Reagan – also a key supporter. Policy change was implemented to make “accessible and Inclusive design the starting point for all new playgrounds and all playgrounds to be refurbished in the future for this region”.
    July 2016 - Representations for Inclusive Design made to other councils, including Ku-ring-gai Council, who following the example of Northern Beaches Council, adopted a Notice of Motion to make the design of all large (new and upgrading) playgrounds inclusive from the outset.

    July to September 2016 - Play For All Australia deploys a Design Thinking approach.
    This started with observing, empathising and understanding the needs of all users – specifically seeking out those families, carers and professionals with diverse experiences of all children, especially those with special needs.
    As part of this initial process, two workshops (Empathy and Ideation) sessions were run with a diverse range of parents, specialist educators, child development experts and creative industries professionals.
    Presentations and meetings with Council representatives undertaken to share progress and ideas.

    September – October 2016 - International IDEOU Design Thinking course undertaken and completed by Play For All Australia.
    The key problem that the team set out to solve: “How might we make local playgrounds inclusive, on a budget?"

    December 2016 - Final presentation to Council. Coined “Thinking Small” which outlined a vision for inclusive, sensory focused play experiences in local play spaces through efficient, sustainable and innovative approaches.
    Northern Beaches Council launches the “Connecting All Through Play” program. An “Innovative local neighbourhood inclusive playground program” in Belrose is announced for 2017. Play For All Australia is established as the program lead in partnership with the Council.

    January 2017 - Belrose Inclusive Play pilot pre-meetings. Numerous site visits undertaken.
    Official project group formed and kicks off.

    February 17th 2017 - Workshop with creative industries experts from B-Side Creative, child development experts, local parents and residents.
    The objective of this workshop was to (a) define measures of success for the Pilot program (b) define developmental outcomes to inform the design brief and (c) identify early stage ideas that could meet these needs.

    February 23rd 2017 - The goal of the second workshop was to recap (and build/ refine) the key success measures and developmental outcomes, as well as ideate & rapidly prototype ideas to help inform the design brief for the play spaces.

    March 2016 - Play For All Australia Facebook group founded in response to playground upgrade at Wingara Reserve, Belrose. Advocacy undertaken to (then) Warringah Council Mayor and Head of Parks & Reserves to make inclusive design the starting point for all new and upgrading playgrounds.

    April 2016 - Approached B-Side Creative Space, Brookvale.

    June 2016 - Under the newly amalgamated Northern Beaches Council, Administrator Dick Persson, a key supporter of our cause, delivered a Mayoral Minute, original penned by Warringah Council Mayor Michael Reagan – also a key supporter. Policy change was implemented to make “accessible and Inclusive design the starting point for all new playgrounds and all playgrounds to be refurbished in the future for this region”.
    July 2016 - Representations for Inclusive Design made to other councils, including Ku-ring-gai Council, who following the example of Northern Beaches Council, adopted a Notice of Motion to make the design of all large (new and upgrading) playgrounds inclusive from the outset.

    July to September 2016 - Play For All Australia deploys a Design Thinking approach.
    This started with observing, empathising and understanding the needs of all users – specifically seeking out those families, carers and professionals with diverse experiences of all children, especially those with special needs.
    As part of this initial process, two workshops (Empathy and Ideation) sessions were run with a diverse range of parents, specialist educators, child development experts and creative industries professionals.
    Presentations and meetings with Council representatives undertaken to share progress and ideas.

    September – October 2016 - International IDEOU Design Thinking course undertaken and completed by Play For All Australia.
    The key problem that the team set out to solve: “How might we make local playgrounds inclusive, on a budget?"

    December 2016 - Final presentation to Council. Coined “Thinking Small” which outlined a vision for inclusive, sensory focused play experiences in local play spaces through efficient, sustainable and innovative approaches.
    Northern Beaches Council launches the “Connecting All Through Play” program. An “Innovative local neighbourhood inclusive playground program” in Belrose is announced for 2017. Play For All Australia is established as the program lead in partnership with the Council.

    January 2017 - Belrose Inclusive Play pilot pre-meetings. Numerous site visits undertaken.
    Official project group formed and kicks off.

    February 17th 2017 - Workshop with creative industries experts from B-Side Creative, child development experts, local parents and residents.
    The objective of this workshop was to (a) define measures of success for the Pilot program (b) define developmental outcomes to inform the design brief and (c) identify early stage ideas that could meet these needs.

    February 23rd 2017 - The goal of the second workshop was to recap (and build/ refine) the key success measures and developmental outcomes, as well as ideate & rapidly prototype ideas to help inform the design brief for the play spaces.

  • Background

    6 months ago

    The Belrose Inclusive Play Pilot is being run by Play For All Australia in partnership with the Northern Beaches Council. It forms part of the $6.3m “Connecting All Through Play” program announced by the Council in December 2016. With the budgets, timings and scope, this is an ambitious and unprecedented social innovation project.

    How did this project start?

    This program is the result of extended campaigning by Play For All Australia to make all new and upgraded playgrounds across the Northern Beaches inclusive to all children, regardless of ability. In June 2016 the newly amalgamated council took the decision to make “accessible and inclusive design the starting point for all new playgrounds and all playgrounds to be refurbished in the future for this region”. This led to the commitment of $6.3m in December 2016 to deliver a regional, district and local playground network of accessible and inclusive play spaces across the Northern Beaches.

    The Issue

    Children with disabilities are routinely excluded and isolated from local playgrounds because these spaces are not universally designed from the start, to be inclusive.

    This is particularly the case for smaller playgrounds, which make up the majority of play spaces across our suburbs. Having the opportunity to access and participate equally in these spaces is vital to the emotional and social wellbeing of children in our local communities. Being unable to do so puts these families and children at greater risk of social isolation.

    We want to change this through the use of universal design to produce play experiences that are equitable, sustainable, sensory rich and most importantly, fun for all children regardless of ability.

    The importance of this project

    Did you know that play is essential for all developing minds? It’s how we explore, interact and engage with the incredible world around us. So important to child development that it’s been recognised by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child. Yet the vast majority of public playgrounds are not inclusive to all. We are turning this around.

    Through social advocacy and sustainable design innovation, we are creating a world where every child of any ability can enjoy their local playground and know they are part of a supportive and caring community. Where each child has the opportunity to equally participate and enjoy the cognitive, social and emotional benefits that only play can bring.

    We are building a stronger community through play. And we are starting right here on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

    The Belrose Inclusive Play Pilot is being run by Play For All Australia in partnership with the Northern Beaches Council. It forms part of the $6.3m “Connecting All Through Play” program announced by the Council in December 2016. With the budgets, timings and scope, this is an ambitious and unprecedented social innovation project.

    How did this project start?

    This program is the result of extended campaigning by Play For All Australia to make all new and upgraded playgrounds across the Northern Beaches inclusive to all children, regardless of ability. In June 2016 the newly amalgamated council took the decision to make “accessible and inclusive design the starting point for all new playgrounds and all playgrounds to be refurbished in the future for this region”. This led to the commitment of $6.3m in December 2016 to deliver a regional, district and local playground network of accessible and inclusive play spaces across the Northern Beaches.

    The Issue

    Children with disabilities are routinely excluded and isolated from local playgrounds because these spaces are not universally designed from the start, to be inclusive.

    This is particularly the case for smaller playgrounds, which make up the majority of play spaces across our suburbs. Having the opportunity to access and participate equally in these spaces is vital to the emotional and social wellbeing of children in our local communities. Being unable to do so puts these families and children at greater risk of social isolation.

    We want to change this through the use of universal design to produce play experiences that are equitable, sustainable, sensory rich and most importantly, fun for all children regardless of ability.

    The importance of this project

    Did you know that play is essential for all developing minds? It’s how we explore, interact and engage with the incredible world around us. So important to child development that it’s been recognised by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child. Yet the vast majority of public playgrounds are not inclusive to all. We are turning this around.

    Through social advocacy and sustainable design innovation, we are creating a world where every child of any ability can enjoy their local playground and know they are part of a supportive and caring community. Where each child has the opportunity to equally participate and enjoy the cognitive, social and emotional benefits that only play can bring.

    We are building a stronger community through play. And we are starting right here on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.