Quentin Inspires Inclusive Playground in Adelaide
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).
The contemporary inclusive regional playspace will be integrated into Rymill Park / replacing the existing play space in the park.
The project will be managed by the Adelaide City Council. Quentin’s family and the community will be consulted by the ACC, with construction expected to start in early 2020.
The play space will include sensory elements, water play and features that encourage shared play and will be suitable for children and parents with wheelchairs.
Premier Steven Marshall said the new play space would honour Quentin and ensure his dream becomes a reality.
“I am proud to announce the Liberal Government and City of Adelaide will see Quentin’s vision become a reality and ensure his memory lives on, as well as provide a safe and fun play space for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy,” said Premier Marshall.
“Quentin was a great South Australian who captured the hearts of the nation and overcame significant challenges to live an amazing life.
“Quentin fiercely advocated for an inclusive playground in the CBD and this new play space will be a fitting way to remember him.”
Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said she was thrilled the Liberal Government and City of Adelaide had partnered to fulfil Quentin’s wish for a special play space to be built in the city.
“Quentin was a wonderful advocate for people living with disability and a true inspiration,” said Minister Lensink.
“The new play space will ensure all children can play together in a safe and fun environment and we know outdoor play gives children opportunities to engage with others, explore and have fun.
“Many children with disability, their families and carers face barriers to participating in public play spaces and inclusive playgrounds such as this one when its completed helps build stronger communities through increased awareness and acceptance of adversity.”
In addition to this commitment, the Liberal Government has established an inclusive play working group to develop specific guidelines for local councils and other agencies to use when designing and building safe and fun play spaces that are accessible for people with disability.
The new guidelines are intended to be finalised later this year.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the website of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
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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