Kurrawa Park - All Abilities Playground
The City of Gold Coast and Disability Services Queensland joined forces to create the Gold Coast's first 'All Abilities Playground' at Kurrawa Pratten Park, just south of Kurrawa Surf Club, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach. The park has proved extremely popular, providing an innovative, unique and entertaining play space for kids of all ages.
What's in the playground?
The entirely fenced playground features several zones of play to address the varied play abilities and ages. The community was heavily involved in developing the playground concept. Fun days, workshops, and creative arts school-based curriculum have all contributed to the playground design.
The playground incorporates sensory, motor, imaginative and educational aspects of play and was designed to enable children with disabilities to play outdoors side to side with their friends and siblings.
The playground’s design features three zones – sandcastle, undersea and hill – all connected via a network of pathways and six interactive community art projects, created by 70 special education students from six local schools and local artists.
The sandcastle and undersea zones include a host of sea-themed playground features.
The sandcastle zone includes:
- a giant accessible sandcastle with a ramp leading to a central turret look out
- seaside shapes - starfish, sea horse, blue bottle, hermit crab
- two large sand pits and three sand tables (raised to enable wheelchair access)
- water jets to assist with sand shaping
- talking tubes for children to communicate across the playground (over a distance of six metres)
- beach ball seats
- rubber surface for softness
- a shade structure.
The undersea zone includes:
- a giant, accessible yellow submarine set below ground level to simulate an undersea environment
- sea creatures - giant sea snake, stingray, fish, mermaid, diver
- seagrass mounds for play.
The playground provides access for all children to experience fun, interactive and challenging play while their families and carers watch over them in an enjoyable and relaxing environment. (Stage One took out the State prize in the 2011 Inclusive Community Champion Awards, coordinated by the Spinal Injuries Association). With so many different areas to explore, Kurrawa Park is an ideal location for your next children's birthday party. Visit our Park bookings page for more information.
All Abilities change room
A key aspect of the All Abilities Playground is the amenities block which features a MLAK key access change room with a changing bench and hoist. It was developed especially for people with high physical support needs and their families. The facility is only the second in an outdoor playground in Australia.
Please view the conditions of use and the change of facility usage instructions prior to visiting the playground.
Play in the All Abilities Playground online
A fantastic, online All Abilities Playground game has been developed. Visit the website to play the virtual game. There are entertaining activities as well as four great games to play.