Playgrounds reflect their community

Article image - Playgrounds reflect their community Lions Park, Tamborine Mountain. Photo courtesy of Playscape Creations.

Tamborine Mountain’s Lions Park has been named one of Queensland’s best playgrounds and is in the running for a national award.

Scenic Rim Regional Council’s nature play space, co-designed with Playscape Creations and Mode Design, was a joint winner in the Under $500,000 Playground category of the Regional Excellence Play and Leisure Australia Awards.

The park was jointly funded by Scenic Rim Regional Council and the Lions Club of Tamborine Mountain which contributed $45,000, including a State Government grant.

Mayor, Greg Christensen, said the park featured carved timber butterfly totem poles, a dry creek bed, scramble net, tri-tramp net, an embankment slide, a fallen tree and an inclusive swing seat to promote accessible play.

“It was important for the design of the play space to embody the natural surrounds, while utilising sustainable materials and natural components which have lengthy lifespans.  

“We thank the Lions Club for their efforts in creating the fallen tree which allows children to climb and enhance sensory education through play.”

The playground is now in the running for the National Play and Leisure Australia Award to be announced on 29 October at a gala event in Perth.

As part of its 10 year Playground Strategy, Scenic Rim Regional Council has rolled out a new all-abilities tractor-themed playground at Moffatt Park, Aratula.

The mayor said capturing the strong history of the Scenic Rim agricultural sector in the design of the play equipment had been paramount.

“In all our new playgrounds we have endeavoured to create spaces that are not only interesting and inviting for children but also styled to reflect the surrounding community.

“We recognise the significant community value that these play spaces attract and promote by drawing visitors to our towns.”