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Published November 1st 2011
What a marvellous park to take your kids and the entire family to. If you don't mind busy, especially on the weekend, or sharing your play space with lots of people, then take a drive, bike ride or peaceful stroll along Scenic Drive in Wanneroo until you reach Opportunity Playspace in Rotary Park.
Overlooking Lake Joondalup, the views along the Scenic Drive common toward the lake are quite tranquil. Situated on the east side of the lake, across from Lake Island and next to the Wanneroo Recreation Centre, the Opportunity Playspace was officially opened 9th November, 2008.
A fast growing population in the City of Wanneroo and a subsequent infrastructure surge saw the design and construction of Opportunity Playspace at a cost of $2 million, with one magazine listing it as the best in the State, out of 10 playgrounds put to the test.
Though, the true test is felt and determined by the kids. With various structures throughout the entire playground for all ages and abilities, you have to let your child experience this at least once.
The playground was planned and built with the intention to challenge and include all players. Universal play equipment gives children with a disability the chance for integrated play without making it obvious. No child should have to sit back and watch while others play.
To use the Liberty Swing, carers or family members who are assisting someone with a disability can acquire their own key to unlock the swing. Visit here for information and an application form.
Features at Opportunity Playspace include swings, slides, climbing frames such as monkey bars, rock climb, spider rope climb or space net, cubby house, spinning tea cup and more. There's also a raised tree top walk providing access to wheelchairs. Once up top, there are playing and viewing platforms.
Opportunity Playspace earned its name from a winning entry by a local primary school student, as Mayor Jon Kelly in part said, "… because it accurately reflected the playtime 'opportunities' the playspace offers."
The playground has been built utilising recycled materials in addition to the new. Find the old jetty pylons from South Perth. Rubber cushioning beneath and around play equipment is derived from salvaged tyres and seats are made with jarrah from old houses.
There are barbecues, family picnic and large open grass areas, as well as shaded pavilions. The playground is also fenced off from the road. Toilet facilities are available across the carpark. Parking is not a hassle, with Acrod bays right next to the park and there's a network of concrete pathways making it easy for everyone.
For the adults, a takeaway van is on site most days making coffee and they carry an assortment of goodies too.
Rotary Park is available for anyone's use and no bookings are required. If for any reason you would like to erect temporary structures, the council asks that you obtain their permission first. The Community Services number is (08) 9405 5000.
Details aside, come to Opportunity Playspace in Rotary Park and join in with the kids, you'll be glad you did.