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Manning Esplanade Park, Redland City

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published March 12th 2020
Bring the whole family - including your dog
Manning Esplanade Park in Thornlands, Redland City, is a sun smart, neighbourhood park set in sections along Eddie Santaguiliana Way.

Manning Esplanade Park's shaded playground
Manning Esplanade Park's shaded playground


The first section of Manning Esplanade Park is the playground. This has shade cloth installed over most of it, and play equipment set in a large sandpit, although the swings are installed over a soft-fall surface.

Manning Esplanade Park's swings and play equipment
Manning Esplanade Park's swings and play equipment


Climbing equipment includes a structure with rope walls, fireman poles, a large slide, and a clock installed in the "downstairs" area for imaginative play.

Climbing equipment and imaginative play spaces
Climbing equipment and imaginative play spaces


Other play equipment includes a balance board and two spinning poles. There are two picnic tables set beneath trees around the playground in addition to bench seats.

Balancing equipment and picnic tables at Manning Esplanade Park
Balancing equipment and picnic tables at Manning Esplanade Park


The Santaguiliana Way pedestrian and bike path link this playground to other parks in Cleveland and Thornlands, as well as to the other sections of this park. A short walk to the south will take you to the Manning Esplanade Dog Park, which has a large grassy field for family and community activities just beyond it.

The fenced dog off leash park covers a huge area
The fenced dog off leash park covers a huge area


The fenced, off-leash dog park has a range of agility equipment, water for dogs and humans, and a large area for dogs to run and play on. The Redland City Council also provides two dispensers with poop bags and a bin near the entrance/exit. The entrance and exit has two gates with a safety area between them if any dogs need to be separated.

There is a range of agility equipment here, providing an opportunity for dogs and their humans to interact and bond
There is a range of agility equipment here, providing an opportunity for dogs and their humans to interact and bond over a fun activity


This very large fenced area is one of my dog's favourite dog parks in Redland City. For the humans, there are a number of benches installed around the dog park, as well as a shaded structure with three more benches beneath it.

Happiness is... Manning Esplanade Park
Happiness is... Manning Esplanade Park


Manning Esplanade Park is a wonderful family and community resource that caters for everyone. Being right on the edge of Moreton Bay, there are beautiful birds in the trees surrounding it, but at times there may also be mosquitos. Sunscreen, insect repellant, and hats are great additions to any trip here.

Shade and great facilities for the whole family
Shade and great facilities for the whole family
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Why? Outdoor recreation facilities for the whole family - including the dog!
When: Anytime
Phone: 07 3829 8999
Where: Thornlands in Redland City
Cost: Free
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