What is inclusive play?

    Inclusive Play means that children can play together regardless of abilities – they can share the same equipment, or play side by side on equipment that is modified but does the same type of activity. Not everyone will have the abilities to use all the equipment in the playground, but everyone will have a choice of a range of activities.

    When will the new playground be installed?

    The new playground is planned to be installed in May 2020.

    What is included in the upgrade?

    The upgrade will include a new playground, softfall, shade and replacement of the toilet block. There will also be a public art piece that will form part of the playground.

    What will the upgrade cost?

    The budget for the new playground and softfall is $560k. The replacement of the shade is $80k and there is $270k for the replacement of the toilet block. The budget for the public art project is $230k.

    Will the playground be inclusive for people of all abilities?

    Yes, the playground will be designed to be inclusive. It's not a playground exclusively for people with disability, an inclusive playground is designed for children so they can play together regardless of abilities. They can share the same equipment, or play side by side on equipment that is modified but does the same activity. There will be equipment that will be fun and challenging for all different abilities.

    What is the public art project?

    Darwin Community Arts’ Arts Access program has been awarded a grant of nearly $143,000 to develop a bespoke piece of sensory artwork to feature in the new inclusive playground at Jingili Water Gardens. City of Darwin is contributing an additional $100,000 to the public art project.

    Darwin Community Arts established the Free Spaces Studio in 2013. Free Space Studio is a visual arts studio supporting artists with disabilities with creative skills development - the studio currently supports 18 Darwin based artists.

    Six of the Free Space Studio artists will be chosen to work with as-yet-to-be-confirmed designer and the City Of Darwin’s public art project team. The Free Space Studio artists will be part of a collaborative design  process, determining everything from concept to installation.