Parks information for people with a disability
The City of Gold Coast’s Accessible and Inclusive City Action Plan 2014-2019 is about removing barriers and improving access to City buildings and facilities, including parks, playgrounds and aquatic centres.
City of Gold Coast (City) is continually working to improve accessibility within our parks. Find out how to locate parks with fenced playgrounds, accessible toilets and liberty swings, obtain vehicle access to parks as well as places to access our beautiful beaches, plus other ways we are helping to improve the accessibility of our city's facilities.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on our parks. You can use our online Report a problem form to report any maintenance issues you might find with our parks and associated facilities, and our online feedback form for any thoughts you may have on how to improve the accessibility of these areas. Alternatively, call our Parks and Recreational Services team on 07 5667 5972 to pass on this information.
A list of parks with fenced playgrounds can be found by using our Park finder and selecting “Fenced playground” from the ‘Select facility’ field.
Parks with the best accessible toilets (fully DDA compliant) are listed below:
- Annette Kellerman Park
- Banksia Park
- Cascade Gardens
- John Laws Park
- Hollindale Park (Main Beach Pavilion)
- Pratten Park (including hoist toilet, change room)
- Roughton Park
- Tallebudgera Creek Park (showers, change rooms available)
- Tarrabora Park (brochure)
The Liberty Swing is designed to provide enjoyment for children with disabilities and special needs. This equipment has been donated by the Variety Club and is available for use by special groups and individuals with carers.
Access can be gained by application to the City for a Liberty Swing key, which can be collected from the City’s customer service centre at 8 Karp Court, Bundall, between 8.15am and 4.30pm from Monday to Friday, inclusive. This key will unlock the gate, swing and accessible toilet facilities in the park.
The Liberty Swing is a fantastic piece of playground equipment and due care of the equipment and respect for the safety of users must be considered at all times. Please ensure the gate is locked upon leaving.
Liberty Swings can be found in the following parks:
- Broadwater Parklands, Southport
- Cascade Gardens, Broadbeach
- Laguna Park, Palm Beach
- Norm Rix Recreation Park, Labrador
- Mudgeeraba Rotary Park
- Runaway Bay Sports Precinct (East)
Vehicle access to parks
Organisations that provide social and recreational outings for seniors and people with disabilities can obtain access to gate keys that enable vehicle access to parks, which assists people with limited mobility to access facilities including toilets and picnic areas. Access to gate keys for such organisations is free.
Call our Parks and Recreational Services team on 07 5667 5972 for more information.
Beach access from parks
Some of our parks back onto beautiful Gold Coast beaches. Many of these beaches have accessible features, such as connecting pathways, level viewing platforms and access ramps down to the sand.
All Abilities Playground – Kurrawa Park
The City, in conjunction with Disability Services Queensland, created an accessible playground at Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach.
This park incorporates sensory, motor, imaginative and educational aspect of play, and is designed to enable children to play outdoor alongside friends and family.
A Liberty swing is available for use and the park also has an accessible change room facility, which includes a changing bench and hoist.
Nature strip and road verge mowing – assistance for people with disabilities
The City’s Parks and Recreational Services branch has committed to providing mowing assistance of road reserve areas fronting residential properties, to eligible residents who are aged or have a disability. Visit our Nature strip and road verge mowing page for information on how to apply.
- Active & Healthy program
- Beach access points and platforms for wheelchairs
- Park finder
- People with disabilities