Livvi's Place - Timbrell Park

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Rating Of Playground added by Marian, April 15, 2007

This playground is fenced, has toilets, is suitable for toddlers, has sun shade, is suitable for all abilities, has seats, has tables, has a BBQ, has car parking, is near a bikepath

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Henley Marine Drive
Five Dock, NSW, 2046


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It also has a cafe onsite.

Rating of 3 Review by Jen, February 23, 2016

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As all other reviews write, this playground is a purpose-built all-inclusive playground but over the years it has become quite aged and needs updating:
- wooden slide is splintered
- long native grasses have been over trimmed to stumpy spikes
- paint peeling on wooden equipment
- climbing ropes fraying
- stepping chime-bells stuck with bubblegum

There is currently a survey being conducted to address this and suggestions for new ideas + improvements.

After most weekends this place is covered in birthday party rubbish. It's disheartening to visit late on a Sunday afternoon and find it in such a state.

Rating of 2 Review by Kristie, September 27, 2015

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This is the most impressive playground I've reviewed so far. It's not the biggest or the brightest or the flashiest; in fact, you might not think it’s too different to other new playgrounds on first glance. But it is, very much so.

Designed to be all-inclusive, it is welcoming and inviting to everyone of all abilities. From the moment you approach the time-release gate, it becomes evident that great care was taken in the design of each element in the park.

Aside from a multi-use unit that was retained from the previous playground, every piece is single use. That is, it spins or swings or can be climbed, but not all three together. The equipment is carefully spaced on rubber turf that is painted different colours to help kids identify active and safe zones. Kids can still challenge themselves on these pieces, but shouldn’t be overwhelmed by unexpected activity that is too close.

There are many opportunities for kids to socialise and make eye contact within the playground. However, it’s the areas that allow kids to explore safely by themselves or with a carer, that are really impressive. Many of these spaces are enhanced by musical and vibrational elements throughout the park.

Particular care has been taken to help autistic kids manage their anxiety. The whole playground was designed with this in mind, but the most obvious signs are the numbers along the snake pathway and the screen associated with the carousel. This motorised carousel (Whirly-Go-Round 4800) allows kids to sit on chairs, or be secured in their wheelchair. Fast or slow speed can be selected, then it will spin for two minutes. A countdown is shown on the screen so kids can see how much longer they have.

Other equipment includes a bird’s nest swing, tandem stampede rider, sandpit, squeaky tyres, chime piano, wide slide, pyramid rope spinner, G-pod spinner, mini rock-climbing pyramid and more. All of this is under shade sails and surrounded by lovely native plantings.

As I said, really, really impressive.

Rating of 5 Review by Suzette, January 7, 2013

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One of the best playgrounds we've visited - and I've been to my fair share of playgrounds!!

Rating of 5 Review by trish, October 2, 2012

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Really great playground.

Rating of 5 Review by Kathy, July 31, 2011

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Livvi's Place Timbrell Park has everything you need for a great day out. Fantastic play equipment for various ages and abilities, bbq, toilets, bubbler, bike path and soccer fields next door. Highly recommend.

Rating of 5 Review by sonja, July 1, 2011

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Livvi’s Place is part of a network of inclusive playgrounds, and is an initiative of the Touched by Olivia Foundation.

It was designed in consultation with leading academics, play, disability, and landscape experts and the local community. Livvi's Place aims to dramatically reduce the barriers experienced by children with special needs and their families, helping to give them a level playing field for life.

Centrally located, Livvi’s Place was built for children with all forms of disability and from all parts of Sydney. 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.

Parks and Leisure Australia Awards 2010 - Best Playspace. Public Works Engineering Australia Engineering Excellence Award.

Rating of 5 Review by Rebecca, June 21, 2011

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This park is great for kids of all ages.

Rating of 5 Review by antonia, April 18, 2011

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Great park for all ages. Challenging equipment, lots of space for running around and free play.

Picnic shelters, BBQ, toddlers cycle track, 1.2 km cycle path around park & BMX track along Hawthorne Canal, disabled toilets, dog off-leash area.

Sport: Soccer, baseball, touch football fields, cricket pitches/nets, floodlights, change rooms.

Rating of 4 Review by Marian, April 15, 2007

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