Another new playground designed for children of all ages and abilities is open writes Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

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I’m pleased to announce that our newest all-abilities playground in the City Botanic Gardens is now open in our CBD.

All-abilities playgrounds are recreational spaces for children of all ages and abilities, regardless of physical capability, background or circumstance.

These playgrounds offer children the opportunity to play together in a fun and integrated way, regardless of their individual abilities and are part of my commitment to provide an accessible and inclusive Brisbane.

Since 2011 Council has delivered all-abilities playground upgrades to 32 parks across Brisbane, with at least one all-abilities playground in each of the city’s 26 wards.

Our newest playground in the City Botanic Gardens has wheel chair accessible ramps, platforms, play panels and slides, as well as a carousel and sensory experiences such as speaking tubes, touch panels and musical items.

The playground also includes new park furniture, drinking fountains, paving and rubber soft-fall matting installed to make the space safe and accessible for all children.

Nearly 10,000 people live in Brisbane’s CBD with more than 500 children, who will be able to make the most of this conveniently located playground.

Not only is the City Botanic Gardens a great central location, but it also holds significant cultural heritage value to our city.

In developing the design for the new playground, Council was conscious to minimise impacts on the gardens and located the play equipment out of reach of the root area along the historic avenue of fig trees.

In addition to our City Botanic Gardens all abilities playground, an all-abilities playground at Whites Hill is also underway.

Stage two is in progress and the third and final stage is expected to be complete mid next year.

The Whites Hill all-abilities playground will have raised pathways, play equipment such as the ‘swayfun’, an all-abilities ride that can facilitate two wheelchairs, an embankment slide, as well as a 35 metre double flying fox.

This playground will have an ‘exploration’ theme, where children can embark on their own journey.

Every child should have the chance to play.