It was smiles all round as the ribbon was officially cut to open Coral Sea Park Inclusive Playspace in Maroubra on the afternoon of Wednesday 3 August, 2022.
The opening was attended by the Hon Anthony Roberts, Minister for Planning and Homes, Randwick City Mayor Dylan Parker, Michael Daley, Member for Maroubra and Dr Marjorie O'Neill, Member for Coogee, as well as plenty of excited local kids from around the neighbourhood.
This inclusive playground was built with the whole community in mind and allows children of all abilities to play together, including those with physical disabilities, mobility impairments or spectrum disorders such as autism.
“An inclusive playspace means it is easy for people to get to the playground and to access the equipment, there are a variety of items they can interact with and there is shading and seating that allows families or carers to stay for as long as they want," said Mayor Dylan Parker.
Council received $200,000 funding from the NSW Government’s Everybody Can Play program to upgrade the existing playground and create a world class playspace that has been designed to include everyone in the community.
Children and adults alike enjoyed free ice-cream, coffee and bubbles and live music as they played on the new equipment and enjoyed the sunny afternoon.
Molly's Memorial garden was also re-established within the park, to remember Melissa Anne Dunn, affectionately known as Molly, whose life was lost too young. She is greatly missed by the local community.