Capalaba All Abilities Playground opens

To the delight of children and parents alike, the Capalaba All Abilities Playground, in Redland in Queensland, was officially opened in September.

The playground is Redland’s first All Abilities Playground, and has been co-funded by Redland City Council and the State Government through the Queensland All Abilities Playground Project.

Redland City Council contributed $410,132 with the remaining $229,300 being funded by the Queensland Government.

All Abilities Playgrounds are places where children of all ages and abilities can experience fun and challenging play alongside their friends and family members.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the official opening was a celebration of years of hard work, planning and building. “This site has been a progression from a simple playground to the wonderful facilities we have today,” she said.

“As each new piece of equipment has been installed, it has been gleefully discovered by local families, and this park is already a much-loved and well-used facility.”

The Mayor also noted that it was fitting that the playground was officially opened during Disability Action Week (9—15th September). “At its core, this project has been about ensuring all Redland’s children have the opportunity to play,” said Mayor Williams.

Redland City Deputy Mayor, Councillor Alan Beard, officially opened the site on the Mayor’s behalf and said it was an outstanding community asset.

“The playground is a wonderful example of different levels of government working with the community to create a truly inclusive play environment,” Cr Beard said. “I encourage families to experience the playground if they haven’t already.”

The playground uses a range of natural and built environments to encourage different types of play, and applies innovative approaches in design to break down barriers for children with a disability. Key features include: a musical forest; a sand play area; natural plantings; mounds and hilly areas; a giant climbing net; a flying fox; and a swings area incorporating a wheelchair accessible Liberty Swing.

Other additions to the park include wide access pathways and perimeter fencing, a new shelter and bench seating throughout, and easily accessible barbecue and picnic areas, and toilet facilities.