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All Abilities Play Space: Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTION 1: What is the All Abilities Play Space?


The All Abilities Play Space will be a state-of-the-art play facility for the whole community to enjoy together, regardless of age or ability. Everybody is welcome!  It has been carefully designed to take into account the needs of people of all ages and abilities. It will be 10,000 square metres in size and will cost approximately $4 million. It will be set under the dappled shade of trees on the beautiful Beaton Park on the Nedlands foreshore. It has been designed by Fiona Robbé, award winning landscape architect, who is internationally recognised for designing playgrounds with access for all.  

 Beaton Park concept plan

QUESTION 2: Who is the All Abilities Play Space for?


The All Abilities Play Space is for everyone!  People of all ages will be able to enjoy it.  For example, teenagers and adults can feel excluded from some playgrounds, partly because most conventional play equipment is only designed to take the weight of a child.  In contrast to this, the All Abilities Play Space will welcome teenagers and has also been designed with the needs of adults in mind.  No more boring visits to the park for Mum and Dad! There will even be play equipment for seniors, so grandparents can have fun at the park too. Everyone will be able to join in the fun, regardless of ability.  The design also takes the needs of people with disability into account. Children, teenagers and adults with disability, their families and carers, have all been involved in the design, to make sure it works for everyone.

 Accessible roundabout

QUESTION 3: Where will the All Abilities Play Space be?


The All Abilities Play Space will be located at Beaton Park, the Esplanade, Dalkeith, on the Nedlands foreshore.  The iconic Swan River foreshore is already a well-known recreation area for the whole of Perth and is set to become even more so.  This beautiful and peaceful site has been described by Fiona Robbé, the designer of the All Abilities Play Space, as “the best playground site in Australia”. 

 Beaton Park

QUESTION 4: Where did the idea come from?


The idea for a play space for everyone, regardless of age or ability, came from three local Rotary clubs (Nedlands, Subiaco and West Perth) in 2011. Rotary then approached the City of Nedlands, with Council soon agreeing to partner with Rotary in developing this much-needed and unique play facility.  Since then, many other project partners have come on board and together they are making this idea a reality. 

 Rotary Logo

QUESTION 5: Who are the project partners involved in developing the All Abilities Play Space?


The project partners working together to develop the All Abilities Play Space include:

  • Rotary: there are now four Rotary Clubs involved – Nedlands, West Perth, Subiaco and the Matilda Bay Rotary Clubs. Rotary is raising the funds to construct the All Abilities Play Space.
  • City of Nedlands: is project-managing the design and construction, and has provided the iconic site.
  • InclusionWA: - an organisation dedicated to helping to make us a more inclusive community - will receipt all donated funds.
  • LotteryWest: has provided a grant of $750,000 towards the project.
  • Businesses: to date, the WA business community has already donated more than $700,000 towards this project.
  • Wood & Grieve Engineering: is a local business that is donating their professional services free of charge, just because they find this project so inspiring.
  • Australia’s Bridge: an organisation that connects construction professionals such as architects and engineers with worthy, community-based projects.

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QUESTION 6: How will this new play space benefit the community? 


Play benefits everybody. Children, teenagers, adults and seniors, including people with disability of all ages, can all play and explore together, without barriers. This is not a play space for one section of the community, it’s for everyone - as research tells us that play is not just for kids. Play has physical, psychological and social benefits. It helps us relax, imagine, develop and connect with others. Play benefits everyone.


 Boy on rocker


QUESTION 7: What will be on offer at All Abilities Play Space?



The All Abilities Play Space will be built in stages, as the funds are raised. Once all stages are complete, the All Abilities Play Space will have many different activities to enjoy including:

  • graduated balancing

  • sand and water play

  • sensory walkway

  • nature play

  • music play

  • active spinning

  • rocking

  • flying fox

  • active climbing

  • decks and slide

  • active swinging

  • agility and motor skills

  • accessible picnic areas

  • community garden and kitchen

  • exercise equipment

  • accessible family toilets

  • informal sports/games area

  • fencing

  • bus bay

  • parking including ACROD

  • ramps and

  • relaxation areas. 


QUESTION 8:When will it be built?


Construction is planned to commence in late 2016. 


QUESTION 9: Will the All Abilities Play Space be fenced?


Yes, it will be fenced to ensure the safety of all who visit.


QUESTION 10: How can I get involved?


For further information, contact Marion Granich, Manager Community Development at the City of Nedlands on, Angus Buchanan, West Perth Rotary on or visit us on Facebook. If you would like to donate to Rotary to fund this wonderful project, please visit Inclusion WA's Everyday Hero page, to help make the dream come true!

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