The City of Rockingham officially opened The Harbour Playground in Secret Harbour on Friday 6 July, with celebrations capping off a landmark moment for the City’s latest infrastructure project.
Located on the Secret Harbour Foreshore, construction on The Harbour Playground began in November 2017 and was completed in late June 2018. The project was an action in the City’s Disability Access and Inclusion Strategy.
City of Rockingham Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin said The Harbour Playground was purpose built to provide something for people of all ages, abilities and level of adventure.
“From the very start, the focus of this project has been about creating a community space and play environment where barriers that could prevent people with disability from participating are reduced,” Deputy Mayor Hamblin said.
“People with disability are diverse members of the community and it’s a pleasure to see such an inclusive project officially open in the City of Rockingham.”
“The barriers which get in the way for people with disability may not be obvious to some, which is why the City took the time to engage people with the experience and expertise in these issues.
The centrepiece of The Harbour Playground is an “underwater cave” with a giant octopus. All areas of the cave, including the tunnel are accessible and offer a range of play pieces including seaweed ropes, slides and a giant whirlpool net.
There are also a wide range of play areas that include a cruise line swing and a wheelchair-accessible roundabout.
The City gratefully acknowledges funding contributions towards the project from Lotterywest, the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities Programme and the Rockingham Rotary Club. The City also thanks contractors EPCAD (Environment Places Creativity Design), Environmental Industries and Play Check for their skills and expertise in delivering the project.