JUBILEE Park’s Tiny Tots playground will soon be joined by another play area for children, which is now under construction.
Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said groundworks began last Monday, August 7, with playground equipment scheduled for installation in mid-September.
Cr Christensen said the new playground, which would include an upside-down tower, rope climb, flying-fox and covered slides, would provide a variety of play environments for children, catered across a broad spectrum of physical and intellectual disabilities.
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Scenic Rim councillor Michael Enright, who said he talked with the parent of a high-needs child about ways to make the grounds more inclusive, said the playground’s giant bird’s nest basket swing would be suspended at the correct height for transferring a user to and from a wheelchair.
“The basket is large enough for a parent, carer or friends to sit with the child,” Cr Enright said.
"The rope construction of the basket (also) allows users with reduced motor skills to grasp the ropes for support.”
Cr Enright said he had since visited an all-abilities playground for further ideas on how to integrate additional play value.
"The present inclusive design caters for a broad spectrum of physical and intellectual abilities, though I am always supportive of looking at ways to provide additional play value for specific need.”
The park’s construction has followed the completion of Kooralbyn’s Billabong Park, which will be officially opened this Sunday, August 13 at 9am.
Design work for Canunga’s DJ Smith Park has also begun.
Cr Christensen said council planned to deliver six parks throughout the next two years, which included upcoming projects at Tamborine Mountain, Boonah and Aratula.
"This process is about providing contemporary play spaces across our communities, offering children a wide variety of outdoor experiences," Cr Christensen said.
“Projects like these illustrate how council is investing the community's rate dollars to provide not only crucial core infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, but also community facilities and amenities which help make our towns and villages a great place to live and play.”