Tarek Lees, Cr Larry Friske, Cr Graham Engeman, Leigh Wilson, Chloe Peacock, Rod Shadbolt and Cr Ron Dyne at the Lake Alford All Abilities Playground Project.
Tarek Lees, Cr Larry Friske, Cr Graham Engeman, Leigh Wilson, Chloe Peacock, Rod Shadbolt and Cr Ron Dyne at the Lake Alford All Abilities Playground Project. Renee Pilcher

Plans for All Abilities Playground

GYMPIE’S Lake Alford Park has always been a popular drawcard for locals and visitors alike and thanks to an innovative project underway it’s on track to become more colourful and exciting.

The plans for the site feature a series of activity-based play zones connected by wide pathways, as well as a vibrant collection of community-made mosaics.

Mayor Ron Dyne yesterday welcomed four new sponsors - Anderleigh Quarries, Handy Hire, Turf Solutions and Site Systems to the Lake Alford All Abilities Playground Project.

Cr Dyne said the sponsors had donated $32,300 in materials, ranging from sandstone and slate through to equipment hire and a picnic shelter.

“Thanks to these community-minded businesses, we are now a great deal closer to creating an innovative new playground in which children of all ages and abilities, and their families, can come and play together,” he said.

Jointly-funded by the Department of Communities (Disability Services) and council to the tune of $733,400, the play space is one of 16 being created across the state as part of the Queensland Government’s All Abilities Playground Project – enabling participation in play.

Disability Services Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the project encouraged the involvement of playground users, children and families in particular, at every stage of design in an effort to break down barriers to play.

The Gympie project is due for completion around Christmas, depending on weather conditions.

Plans are on display at the Gympie Regional Library and on council’s website at www.gympie.qld.gov.au.

Gympie Times


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