I cannot begin to tell you my excitement at discovering Pioneer Park in Landsborough. Okay, I've 'known' about it, like forever; okay, we've driven past it umpteen times; okay, I've noticed it's always so busy, and okay, it's definitely been written about before. So, what is all my excitement about?
Pioneer Park, located on the corner of Caloundra Street and Steve Irwin Way in Landsborough, is a multi-sensory, all abilities playspace, catering to children of all abilities, which means no matter the 'challenge', our 'special' children and grandchildren are provided for, and this, in itself, is pretty special.
Built in 2006 and refurbished in 2017, Pioneer Park was one of the first all abilities playgrounds to be built in Queensland and is the only one on the Sunshine Coast. Apparently, there are another sixteen all abilities playgrounds throughout Queensland.
Pioneer Park is the ultimate family day-trip playground, with the added bonus of being fully fenced, keeping little 'walkabouts' well contained, with child-proof gates at the entry points. The all-inclusive nature of the play equipment ensures that the whole family can have fun together or mum and dad can sit back and relax, secure in the knowledge that the little ones are safe.
There is so much to see and do at Pioneer Park, that this is one time I really wish I was a 'children'. But, the fun part is that adults can quite happily enjoy the interactive play areas with the little ones as they are all so easily accessible. Children can enjoy the aromas from the herb gardens or satisfy their 'touch' senses with the textured plants.
Pretend you're a captain on a ship and bellow down the pipe telephone to your crew on the deck below. There's even a flying fox complete with harnessed seat or perhaps grandparents would like to test their vertigo out on the spinning three-person swing.
Pioneer Park also has a pioneer cottage (playhouse) complete with play kitchen, verandah, ramp access and adjustable speakerphone, encouraging little ones to use their imagination in make-believe games.
Allow littlies to use their imagination in the play kitchen
The fact that the Sunshine Coast Council is providing innovative, all abilities play spaces, giving our children an opportunity to play on equipment that is both fun and challenging, deserves an accolade in itself. Don't forget that Pioneer Park in Landsborough is also home to 'I'm a Dirty Dinosaur' Story Seat - another good reason to visit and tick this one off your Story Seat list of 10 Seats, 10 Stories, 10 Parks.