Proludic’s Inclusive and Accessible Giant Cargo Plane has landed at The Grove Estate in Tarneit, Victoria, the first of its kind in Australia!
For their new residential community, the client Stockland wanted to provide an inclusive play area appropriate for children with a wide range of abilities. The Proludic design featuring the Cargo Plane was selected as it incorporates high play value and excellent accessibility. The Cargo Plane provides many playful opportunities for children with physical and learning disabilities, as well as sensory impairments. Aeroplane Park is a wonderful playground facility that can be enjoyed by the families of ALL children living at The Grove.
Site: The Grove, 180 Davis Rd, Tarneit Victoria 3029
Age Range: from 1 year old
Our design approach for the playground followed our universal design principles for the real integration of disabled children in play areas.
Easy access around and in the aircraft
The design of the 17m long Cargo Plane (J2690) meets the needs of children with disabilities by incorporating specific facilities (ramps, wide platforms) and an appropriate selection of play activities. A wheelchair accessible ramp and a large space inside enable children in wheelchairs to play with other children, regardless of the different abilities of each child. There is also plenty of room for carers to assist.
The cockpit has 2 control columns, one of them can be accessed and used by a child seated in a wheelchair. The instrument panel incorporates a play panel to encourage fine motor skills.
Educational play panels
Located inside and readily accessible, the play panels provide manipulative play and concentration activities. They help with vision, observation and hand-eye coordination.
With its large wraparound seat, the Pod Swing is reassuring, both physically and psychologically. It combines motor coordination and sensory stimulation while encouraging social play. Children of all abilities are able to enjoy swinging together, and there is room for an accompanying adult to join in and provide support.
Additional play equipment
Additional play equipment that matches the aeronautical theme includes an Aviator character Play Panel, Stella Springer (J856) and Looping Plane Springer (J3961) which encourage role play, imaginative play and social interaction of younger children. Older children will have lots of fun riding the Double Spring Perch (J986) that is also included in the playground.
View more information and videos about the “Aeroplane Park” playground on Stockland’s website:
And click here to read a review of the playground by “Mamma Knows West”.