Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published June 25th 2020
Amazing new playground open for the winter school holidays
Fantastic Thornlands Community Park has received its latest upgrade - a fantastic, huge playground that includes sensory and all-abilities play, and will keep the kids busy for hours! This playground was designed with community consultation, and the best news is, it's just opened in time for the winter school holidays.
The superb new climbing structure at Thornlands Community Park
The highlight of the playground is a huge climbing structure with three towers, two of which feature giant, enclosed, slides (each with skylights along the way down). These towers are reached by an extensive network of climbing ropes, and have tunnels leading between them. There is also a crow's nest for the little pirates in your family.
The amazing new climbing structure with towers, rope tunnels, and a crows nest
The playground has a nature-play theme and includes numerous installations such as giant frogs, stepping stones, frogs, pumpkins, and watermelons scattered around the entire area. There is also a bridge with a tunnel that links various nature play areas.
The nature-based theme of the new playground fits right in to beautiful Thornlands
Sensory areas include a water play centre with a number of pumps and troughs that will be a fantastic addition in summer.
The new waterplay area includes a number of hand pumps, with various routes for the water to travel along
There is a sandpit with digging equipment that is certain to keep kids digging, building, and constructing for hours, and the swings installed at this new playground include two all-abilities swings.
This new playground aims to be fun for children of all abilities
Additional imaginative play equipment includes this little farmers market house that looks like it may have been dreamed up by Dr. Seuss and a combine harvester that actually moves!
A gorgeous little house provides opportunties for imaginative play
Scattered around the new playground are a number of benches, sandstone blocks for play or seating, and shaded picnic and BBQ areas.
One of the shaded BBQ and seating areas within the fully fenced playground area
A large picnic and BBQ structure overlook the fantastic oval at Thornlands Community Park, providing the perfect place for parents to set up for the day. The concrete path around the oval is popular amongst families who cycle, scooter, or rollerblade. And the grassy oval itself provides space for visitors to the park to play ball games.
This large shaded picnic shelter with electric BBQs offers views of the adjoining oval at the park for parents with older children who wish to bike, skate, or scoot while their younger siblings play
Other facilities at Thornlands Community Park's new playground include:
Toilets with disabled and baby change facilities
Water fountains, including ones designed to refill water bottles
A car park with designated disabled parking - although the entire car park could fill up quite quickly
Multiple general rubbish and recycling bins
Doggy water bowls and poop bag dispensers
A favourite feature amongst older kids is this double flying fox, allowing them to race!
Cleverly, the entire playground is fenced with pool fencing to help keep children safe from the surrounding suburb's streets and the car park.
Spinning equipment is a big hit with kids as they transition between the playground and picnic areas
With all of these facilities, Thornlands Community Park's new playground is the new destination for Redlands and Brisbane families looking for a great day out. Thornlands Community Park is also well-serviced by bike paths from surrounding suburbs including Victoria Point and Cleveland.
One of the many bike paths leading to the well serviced and designed Thornlands Community Park