One of the things that stings the most about BJ’s younger years is the lack of accessible and inclusive playgrounds. It robbed him of the opportunity to be included in play with peers and therefore I’m always keen to review any accessible and inclusive playgrounds. So when we were staying in Jervis Bay we made the trip to Mollymook to check out Livvi’s Place Mollymook.
LIVVI’S PLACE MOLLYMOOK – ACCESSIBLE & INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND
Livvi’s Place Mollymook is tucked behind Mollymook Beach. Given Mollymook Beach offers visitors the use of a beach wheelchair, this is the perfect spot for this accessible and inclusive playground which includes a Changing Places bathroom facility. The combination of facilities makes Mollymook a fabulous inclusive destination for a holiday or day trip from a nearby town.
Livvi’s Place Mollymook is a large playground with ocean views, plenty of space to explore and a range of accessible play equipment. A large wheelchair carousel is always a popular piece of equipment so it’s lovely to see it included in this playground’s design.
An inground trampoline allows wheelchair users to hop on and also makes it easier for children to use with level access.
We’re big fans of the Liberty Swing as an option for children or adults who can’t get out of their wheelchair so it’s great to see this playground is large enough to accommodate one.
The playground offers multiple swing options with a Jenn Swing (pictured above right) which allows a child to be reclined for swinging and a tandem swing (pictured below) which makes it easy for a parent or carer to swing with a child in the seat in front.
One of my favourite features in new playgrounds is the elevated sand play tables. They mean a child or adult in a wheelchair can wheel up to the table and play side-by-side with peers, family or friends.
A wheelchair accessible boat is a great nod to the seaside location of Livvi’s Place Mollymook. It’s fantastic to see a child, or adult, in a wheelchair or walking frame can let their imagination set sail playing with friends and family in this sailing boat.
The steering wheel and telescope are both mounted at a good height for toddlers and wheelchair users.
Livvi’s Place Mollymook has many corners with interesting fixtures which allow for exploration of textures for tactile fun.
A tunnel is perfect for games of hide and seek and is wide enough for anyone using a mobility aid to be included.
The slippery dip is step-free making it easier to access.
Chimes are built into the walkway and multiple mounted musical instruments are available for budding musicians to play.
An exercise area is included but it’s set on a pine bark surface.
Multiple accessible bathrooms are available including unisex stand-alone accessible bathrooms and a Changing Places bathroom which is MLAK key locked.
The Changing Places bathroom includes grab rails throughout, a shower with shower bench, privacy screen and lever taps.
A hoist and adult-size change table is included within the Changing Places bathroom.
Accessible parking is located near the entrances to the playground.
Livvi’s Place Mollymook is a wonderful fenced playground with a great range of accessible playground equipment and opportunities for inclusion. Combined with the availability of a beach wheelchair and the stunning Mollymook location, this is definitely one to pop on the must-visit list if you are in the area.
Livvi’s Place Mollymook, Corner Mitchell Parade and Ocean Street Mollymook NSW
You can find out more about the free hire of beach wheelchairs on the Shoalhaven website or you can call Mollymook Beach Surf 4455 2725 Lifesaving Club or 0417 655 401
We’ve previously provided a round-up of other accessible and inclusive playgrounds around-the-world here. Obviously this list is always growing.