A new playground at Thornlie Park is helping to create play opportunities for all children as part of a $5 million City-wide initiative to develop 11 all-abilities playgrounds.

The Thornlie Park project, close to the City’s newly redeveloped Thornlie Park Centre, features a wheelchair-friendly carousel and play unit with accessible ramps.

Mayor Terresa Lynes said it was important that local families, especially those with children who have special needs, had more suitable playground facilities close to home.

“With only a handful of all-abilities playgrounds around Perth, the simple pleasure of visiting a playground often meant a lengthy car trip – until now,” the Mayor said.

“This is the fourth all-abilities playground in the City produced as part of this initiative so far, with more to come in Beckenham, Canning Vale, Huntingdale and a $1 million playground at the soon-to-be-redeveloped Mary Carroll Park in Gosnells.”

The Thornlie Park playground, similar to the other all-abilities developments, is fenced with gated pause points, sensory play elements and rubber softfall for wheel access.

It features an accessible drink fountain, accessible seating, shade sails, a 2m-wide circular path, landscaping and a grassed area for picnics, along with a variety of play equipment such as a parent-child swing seat, basket swing and slides.