Sharon and Eric Googe, Tony Wildman, Cr Jan Watt, Tina Browne, Dean Johnson and Tod Fleming show their support for the All Abilities Playground.
Sharon and Eric Googe, Tony Wildman, Cr Jan Watt, Tina Browne, Dean Johnson and Tod Fleming show their support for the All Abilities Playground. Renee Pilcher

Future fun for everyone

IT won’t be long until disabled and able-bodied children will be playing side-by-side on state-of-the-art playground equipment in Gympie.

Construction on the All Abilities Playground at Lake Alford is powering ahead now after three years of planning and more than a year of preliminary earthwork.

The project is the brain-child of Gympie Regional Council’s parks manager Ed French and has involved a great deal of work with community organisations, businesses and residents.

As it takes shape, final plans for the playground have now been released and will be displayed at the site for residents and visitors to gain an appreciation of the scale and design.

Tina Browne from play equipment specialists Playspace said Mr French had picked out a good mix of imported and local play equipment to create an environment where able-bodied and disabled children could play together.

“The equipment is quite diverse,” she said, and added that Playspace engineers had designed a double flying fox, with an all abilities seat, especially for the project.

“This will be our proto-type which is why we will be using the All Abilities Playground in Gympie as an anchor site to bring clients to see the product.”

As well as Playspace, council welcomed five new sponsors to the project yesterday, including Rain Bird Irrigation which provided a state-of-the-art water management system to the value of $8000.

TJ Wildman Posi-track and Truck and Googe’s Mini Excavations have teamed up to provide excavation work to the value of $2200, and Hi-Way1 and John Deere provided a lawn tractor valued at $6175.

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