New play equipment at Livvi's Place, Five Dock given green light

17 Jul 2017

Children visiting Livvi’s Place playground at Timbrell Park in Five Dock are now enjoying new play equipment after the Touched by Olivia Foundation received a community grant from Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC).

“SMC is proud to be supporting organisations like the Touched by Olivia Foundation through the Community Connections Program, which has enabled the expansion of the popular Livvi’s Place playground,” SMC Chief Executive Officer Dennis Cliche said. 

“With the playground visited by around 2,000 children every week, new road signs and line marking of the bike path is providing kids with a fun and interactive environment to learn about road safety.

“The traffic signs and signals aim to replicate signs seen on roads to help children become familiar with road signs and importantly road safety.

“In addition to the road signs, a new reading corner has been built creating a dedicated space for the popular storytime sessions held at the playground at 10am each Monday and Thursday during school term.

“Up to 100,000 children visit the park each year, and we hope that these additional facilities will attract even more children and their carers to enjoy this play-space,” Mr Cliche said.

Touched by Olivia Executive Officer Bec Ho said Livvi’s Place was one of 20 playground locations established by the foundation, which is the only organisation in Australia partnering with communities, government and local business to provide inclusive play spaces for children of all abilities.

“’Livvi's Place’ creates an environment where every child, no matter what their ability, can interact and enjoy a safe and fun play-space,” Ms Ho said.

“The playground’s unique design and equipment addresses the needs of children with various forms of disability including mobility, vision and hearing impairment as well as spectrum disorders such as autism.”

Mr Cliche said as the construction of WestConnex continues, SMC’s Community Grant Scheme was one of a series of initiatives being delivered through the Community Connections Program, which aims to deliver a lasting positive legacy for communities along the project area.

“WestConnex will unlock Western Sydney’s road network, but we are also committed to connecting communities and helping local organisations deliver initiatives that will leave lasting benefits for those who need it most,” Mr Cliche said.

Information on the next round of the SMC Community Grant Scheme will be announced soon.

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