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Children with Disabilities share the Gold Coast All Abilities Playground
The Kurrawa Playground at Broadbeach

Children with Disabilities share the Gold Coast All Abilities Playground.

By David Bedwell


This Inspirational Playground was designed to enable children with disabilities to have access to a playground where they could play outdoors and share side by side the same activity with their friends and siblings.

The Kurrawa Playground at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast is an outstanding example of the achievements and progress that has been made in recognizing that when the community is involved in the concept stage of an All Abilities Playground the end product is a major success story.

Proof of the benefit of involving the community in the playground concepts is demonstrated by the award of the Queensland State 2011 prize awarded by the Spinal Injuries Association “Inclusive Community Champions Award” to Gold Coast City Council for Stage one of the All Abilities Playground Kurrawa at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.

The local community Fun days, workshops, and creative arts school curriculums all contributed to the design concept development of the Playground. Thus enabling access to be provided for all children, for them to have fun in an enjoyable interactive and challenging variety of imaginative zones for various abilities and ages such as.

* The Sandcastle Zone

* The Hill Zone

* The Undersea Zone

Each zone is interconnected by a series of accessible paths of travel and contains interactive community arts projects demonstrating the inspirations and creativity of 70 special education students from six local Gold Coast schools, and local artists.

The All Abilities Playground contains several traditional playground features such as flying fox, spring toys, sway swings, carousel with harnesses, sand play, stepping blocks, and a giant basket swing.

A major inclusion within the All Abilities Playground is the Amenities Block which contains the Change Room for people with high support needs whom are unable to use standard accessible toilets, and require the assistance of their carer. The change room includes an adjustable height changing bench, ceiling tracking hoist, and a toilet that allows carers to assist from both sides.

The Change Room can only be accessed by using the MLAK (Master Lock Access Key) national key system. For further information on this system and its application to the All Abilities Playground Change Room see www.goldcoastcity.com.au/goldcoastaccess

Obvius Access has been trading 2009.We are a family run company,with over 40 years experience in the consultancy industry.We are based on the Gold Coast of Australia and Sydney NSW

David Bedwell
February 19th

For more information,visit www.accessconsultant.com.au

Source: http://www.accessconsultant.com.au

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