My daughter was invited to a 7 year old birthday party today at our local Regional Park. It's undergone a recent renovation as far as the playground equipment goes and it was absolutely packed today on what was a beautiful, sunny, winter's morning.
Our Council and government departments have spent a fortune on new playground equipment and I think they've done a good job, this time. In previous park upgrades within our area, some of their equipment choices haven't been well received due to layout, wrong choice for age and not very user friendly. This park caters for everyone, including physically challenged and deaf children.
There's a board with basic 'signing' language so you can communicate with children who are deaf. There is also a 'Liberty' swing for children in wheelchairs.
Besides having heaps of established large trees for shade, the planting of indigenous plants fits in really well with the landscape.
There's a lake with resident duck families for feeding and heaps of concrete paths for walking, bike riding, scootering or skateboarding. There's also an off leash dog park.
The toilets are a bit of a hike from the main playground area or sheltered picnic tables so the kids would need to be escorted. Also, there's only a few free barbecues and they're aren't located centrally either. The car park hasn't been line marked well and on a crowded day like today, people were parking on grass and anywhere they could. It's another one of those parks where the playground equipment is spread out all over the park and you'd really need to keep your eyes on young children.
My daughter playing the timber xylophone in the musical forest.
This park is only about 5 minutes from home and we'll take drinks and maybe a few snacks but I think it's too much effort carrying all the birthday party supplies from homes, having to decorate with balloons etc but I'm like that. I'd rather do it in the comfort of your own home. I take my hat off to anyone who does organise parties at the park.
All Abilities Playground
Capalaba Regional Park
Pittwin Road North
(Behind Bunnings Hardware)