Livvi’s Place officially opens

The exciting new Livvi’s Place, the inclusive playspace at Craigieburn ANZAC Park, will officially open on Sunday 19 March, with celebrations and a free community barbeque starting from 10.30am.

Livvi’s Place, an initiative of the Touched by Olivia Foundation, provides a unique environment for children of all ages and all abilities to play side by side, with playspaces across Australia and now in Hume for the first time.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Drew Jessop, said the opening of the playspace was an enormously significant moment for Hume as it would support all children, regardless of their background or ability.

“Across Hume, more than four per cent of children younger than nine suffer from a disability and require assistance,” Cr Jessop said.

“Livvi’s Place Craigieburn is truly a world class facility developed through extensive research and community consultation to allow all children to create, solve problems, and be independent.

“The inclusive playspace features accessible slides, tunnels, swings, bridges, ropes, a cubby house and a carousel for children of all abilities  to explore and enjoy.

“It will accommodate elements that allow entire families to enjoy a fantastic time, such as picnic lawns, BBQs, shelters, and a drinking fountain.”

Livvi’s Place is the result of a partnership between Hume City Council, Touched by Olivia Foundation, the Victorian Government and local business organisations.

“Hume City Council together with the Touched by Olivia Foundation has planned this playspace for almost two years,” Cr Jessop said.

“Originally based on a budget submission from an interested parent, in 2015, the designers engaged by council visited many schools around Craigieburn, and asked children what they would like to see at Livvi’s Place and the feedback was  invaluable.

“We would particularly like to thank students from Aitken Creek Primary School and Mother Teresa Primary School for their involvement in the project over the past two years – they’ve contributed lots of ideas and enthusiasm, and have painted tiles which have been installed in the playspace to commemorate their input.

“Council would also like to thank sponsors, Boral, Kitchen Innovations, Craigieburn Central, Stockland Highlands, ADCO Constructions and Peddle Thorp Architects, along with the Victorian Government and the Touched by Olivia Foundation.

“It is a privilege for Hume City Council to provide a place for the local community that will offer children and their families so much happiness.”

Posted on 1:00 PM, 16 March 2017

Updated : 1:28 PM, 16 March 2017

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