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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, Broadbeach.

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Kurrawa Park - All Abilities Playground

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts

The health and wellbeing of the Gold Coast community, our customers and City employees is our first priority.

The City is receiving advice from the Federal Government and Queensland Health on a daily basis to inform our response to the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the city.

Parks remain open with visitors encouraged to take recommended health and social distancing precautions.

Playground equipment, BBQs and outdoor gym equipment: Our 600 playgrounds, 389 barbecues and 347 pieces of gym equipment will be closed until further notice. Signage will be installed over the next few days.

Park bookings: We will not take park bookings for at least two months.

Water fountains/bubblers: Based on advice from Queensland Health, these will remain turned on; however users should practice appropriate hygiene. The City will increase cleaning frequency.

Soap dispensers are being procured for some of the City’s public amenities in our most popular parks.

Skate parks will close from 30 March following Federal Government advice. Signage will be installed.

Complaints about non–compliance with current social distancing regulations as well as the use of playgrounds, skate parks, BBQs and fitness equipment should be referred to Police link hotline 131 444.

For the latest update on City's response visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/covid19


The City has joined forces with Disability Services Queensland 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.

Girl on a swing Kids going down a slide

The Sandcastle Zone includes:

  • a giant accessible sandcastle with a ramp leading to a central turret look outGirl peeking over fence in playground
  • 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 includes an adult-sized, height adjustable change bench and hoist. This change room was developed especially for people with high physical support needs and their families. Access to the change room requires a Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK). For information on how to use equipment visit our Changing Places toilets - resources page. This key gains access to the Liberty Swings as well.

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