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by Felicity Banks (subscribe)
I'm a writer of interactive and normal novels including steampunk fantasy app books set mainly in Australia. Banks
Published January 31st 2015
Canberra's all-abilities playground
Canberra's newest playground is specifically designed to be as wheelchair-friendly as possible. Part of the main structure is wheelchair accessible although the ramps are moderately steep (the railings would help) and the best bits of the main structure definitely wouldn't allow wheelchairs - but would be accessible to someone with very limited mobility. One great side-effect of the design is that any place that is wheelchair-accessible is also stroller-accessible. That was fun!

I also saw a crawler have an absolute blast finally being able to "climb" up onto the main structure (with Mum close behind so he didn't crawl off the edge). Some of the more unique features - like independently-wobbling steps between two railings - looked like brilliant physio tools.

Probably the best part for kids in wheelchairs is the merry-go-around, which they can get on and off easily, and can operate themselves. It's popular with all the kids, and even a baby can try it out!

There is also a water play area where kids can shoot water at each other (pack a change of clothes!!), a sandy area with diggers (too heavy for kids under five), and a range of swings including this reclining swing, and another that could easily fit eight adults at a time or a near-infinite number of kids.

The area is very large and completely fenced in, so it works well for large groups (although a certain kind of primary schooler will enjoy climbing the gate more than anything else). Parking is free but quite a distance from the playground. You can either park for one hour (or in disabled parking) at the looped end of Wendouree Drive, or park for two hours by the toilets right across from the National Carillon and walk up the hill. The paths are good, and there are toilets beside the Carillon parking spot as well as inside the playground area itself (all automated, which may frighten some little ones). There's also a great grassy area for picnics. Gates open at 7:00am, and even on a weekday it'll have dozens of kids by 10:00am. The Carillon is handy for marking time, since the bells are clearly audible.
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