Camille is a freelance ghost blog and web content writer. She's also a musician and an "Autoimmunee". She loves learning and sharing about how to live life with positive energy and meaning.
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Published August 4th 2012
All abilities inclusive and fun for all the family
It started as a Saturday like any other but changed into the beginning of a very special weekend when one of my best friends and her family surprised us by visiting us for the weekend. She has two daughters aged 5 and 6, the youngest having special needs and needs to use a wheelchair to get around. So we decided to take them to the park where there might be a nice playground and we could also set up a nice picnic. But not just any park, we did a bit of research and though the drive from where we live to Landsborough would take about 45 minutes, we thought Pioneer Park would be perfect. It turned out it was just what we wanted.
Pioneer Park, located at Caloundra Street in Landsborough, features an all abilities play ground so that all children can enjoy active play together. There are boards to help children with hearing disabilities join in, and also swings that enable the user to use their arms to propel them back and forwards instead of their legs, which was perfect for my friend's youngest daughter.
I haven't seen these boards at many other playgrounds, but I am sure there are other playgrounds that are promoting 'all abilities' play. While we really loved this about the playground it wasn't the only great thing we could comment on.
The playground features some exciting and different play equipment. There is a flying fox, a 3-person swing that spins (see the photo) where even the adults can have a bit of fun, there's also your usual play ground, plus climbing net, hammock, and much more. Educational play is involved too – there's visual language tiles, I spy I hear and touch tiles. A herb garden, sand area and other more sensory fun is featured in between the grounds. It's a great open space – great for kids!
The playground is great for both children and the adults accompanying them. For the picnic, it was also the perfect venue. A barbeque area with tables and lots of seating available greets you as you enter the park. It was clean and looked wonderful to even have a little party. There's also a block with clean and well-maintained toilets which a lot of parks sometimes don't have and really should have (well according to my friend who always makes sure there are toilets nearby, just in case, when she takes the kids out).
Overall we had a great afternoon and picnic at Pioneer Park. I'd recommend it for families for a park that has all the amenities – barbeque, toilets nearby etc. and also a few additions to the 'expected' playground – the climbing net and the flying fox as two great examples you don't usually find. But parks are getting much better all over the country. It's exciting to see the council noting what the community wants and also catering to children with special needs.
Example of one of the 'sensory' elements of the playground