Caboolture Environmental Education Centre has unveiled their new all-abilities playground. Urban Play, worked in collaboration with the Moreton Bay Regional Council to provide this treehouse themed playground with a multitude of high value play opportunities.
A custom designed multi-level Mega Deck Tower with ramp and a Cognitive Play Shelter provides activities that are stimulating, educational and suitable for children of all abilities. With numerous entries, children of different abilities can easily make their way into the Mega Deck Towers via the steps, bannister bars, climbing nets, wheelchair ramp or climbing ramp.
A Cognitive Play Shelter houses an array of games to encourage many aspects of foundational sensorimotor development. Noughts and Crosses, Sand Cups and the Manipulative Panel encourages mathematical and scientific reasoning and hours of endless fun.
The playground features three slide options from multiple heights, giving kids a chance to grow their confidence over time and also has a double slide for children to slide down with their friends. A Track Ride lets children experience the thrill of speed followed by a challenging climb up the climbing nets.
Division 12 Councillor Adrian Raedel invited families from across Moreton Bay and South-East Queensland to try the 280m2 new tower set, as well as CREEC’s other inclusive facilities like the sensory garden and wheelchair-friendly zip-line.
“We really want CREEC to be a space that is accessible to everybody. This new extension has been specifically-designed to encourage social interaction, inclusivity and most importantly fun between users regardless of their ability,” Cr Raedel said.
“It’s roomier, meaning children and their parents or carers can play at the same time; it’s a got a huge ramped play area so people in wheelchairs can get involved; and it’s right in the middle of CREEC’s play area and gardens.
Also included is a bespoke play hut with a number of engaging sensory walls designed to stimulate a sense of exploration and learning.
“For children with ASD, it’s an ideal and comfortable space for them to interact with other children in a way that isn’t too overwhelming.
“As a council we’ve taken a number of steps to create accessible facilities, especially with the development of our new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan, and this project at CREEC is another example of council creating more inclusive infrastructure.”
The CREEC playground offers an inviting play space for the Caboolture community that provides many opportunities that enhance child development and early learning.