Inclusive Playground to be built in Adelaide’s Rymill Park inspired by Quentin Kenihan
Quentin Kenihan was an advocate, actor and filmmaker who passed away in October 2018. Among his many visions, was one for an inclusive playground to be built in the City of Adelaide. The Marshall Liberal Government will honour his vision by providing $1 million to the City of Adelaide to allow the inclusive play space to become a reality at Rymill Park/ Murlawirrapurka (Park 14).
Update Thursday 6 August 2020
The design for the new Quentin Kenihan inclusive play space in the city has been revealed for the first time, following an extensive community engagement process, including an inclusive play day held last October to collect the community’s thoughts on what they thought would create a great play experience for people of all ages and abilities.
The playspace, located in Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka (Park 14), will be a fun, exciting and safe environment for children of all abilities to enjoy. Construction is set to begin this month and is expected to finish by December 2020.
The play equipment includes a wheelchair trampoline, sound and sensory garden, water play, swings, seats that rock and a carousel.
Other features include:
- accessible toilets (including an accredited changing facility)
- accessible paths
- barbeques, shelter and seats
- fully fenced playspace
Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor said she looked forward to families enjoying the new playspace.
“The Quentin Kenihan Inclusive Playspace will be a wonderful addition to our suite of playspaces within the Adelaide Park Lands and will soon become a key attraction for Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka (Park 14),” said the Lord Mayor.
“Our team has worked closely with Quentin’s family and friends, Council’s Access and Inclusion Panel and key members of the community to design a playspace that Quentin would be proud of, and that will hopefully be warmly embraced by children of all abilities from across Adelaide.
“Through its 2020-24 Strategic Plan, the City of Adelaide is committed to providing a safe, affordable, accessible, well-connected city for people of all ages and abilities.”
Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said she looked forward to seeing the new playspace come to fruition.
“The Marshall Liberal Government is thrilled to commit $1 million to such a worthwhile project that will no doubt be enjoyed by children of all ages, abilities and cultures – and their families,” said Minister Lensink.
“Quentin fiercely advocated for an inclusive playground in the CBD so it will be fantastic to see his dream become a reality in the next few months.”
For more information and all enquiries please visit the City of Adelaide website.
What: Rymill Park | Inclusive Playground Inspired by Quentin Kenihan
When: Construction expected to start 2020
Where: Rymill Park | Bartels Rd, Adelaide
Who: People of all ages and ability
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