Quentin Kenihan’s dream to build an inclusive playspace in the Adelaide CBD has become a reality – just in time for festive family fun.
Located in Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka (Park 14), the Quentin Kenihan Inclusive Playspace is a fun and safe environment for South Australians of all abilities.
This exciting space was made possible by a Marshall Liberal Government $1 million commitment and designed and delivered by the City of Adelaide on time and on budget following extensive community consultation and engagement.
Features of the new Quentin Kenihan Inclusive Playspace include:
* A wheelchair trampoline
* A sound and sensory garden
* Swings and a carousel
* Paths, barbecue area, shelter and seats
* Accessible toilets (including an accredited changing places facility) will soon be available
Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said she was thrilled Quentin’s vision had come to life.
“Quentin fiercely advocated for an inclusive playground in the CBD and it’s wonderful we’ve honoured his legacy with this new playspace that will now be enjoyed by South Australians of all ages and abilities for many years to come,” said Minister Lensink.
“The Marshall Liberal Government was thrilled to commit $1 million to this worthwhile project and with the City of Adelaide, we then asked the community to help us come up with ideas on how to design a fun and inclusive space – and the finished product looks fantastic.”
Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor said she looked forward to families enjoying the new playspace which honours the much-loved and missed disability advocate.
“The new Quentin Kenihan Inclusive Playspace is a fantastic addition to the playspaces within the Adelaide Park Lands and will attract hundreds of families to Rymill Park on these warmer weekends we’re now enjoying,” said the Lord Mayor.
“I thank Quentin’s family and friends, Council’s Access and Inclusion Panel and key members of the community who have designed something I’m sure Quentin would love.
“I have no doubt it will be warmly embraced by children of all abilities from across Adelaide and it’s now ready for them to enjoy throughout school holidays.”
While the Quentin Kenihan Playspace is now complete, the toilet facilities will be completed in late January.
In the interim, signage will be placed to direct play space users to toilets located nearby including the corner of Rundle St and East Tce, which includes two ambulant toilets and one accessible toilet and the corner of Hackney Rd/Dequetteville Tce, which includes an accessible toilet.