THE Fraser Coast is home to many amazing public parks and children’s playgrounds.
The number of parks in central areas, especially along the Esplanade in Hervey Bay, means families with young children can change up their routines and head to different parts of the city to ensure a fun morning or afternoon outdoors, while not risking boredom or monotony by constantly being exposed to the same set-up.
It was great to see that the Fraser Coast Regional Council added to and upgraded the playground area in Gilston Road in Wondunna recently, thanks to funding from the State Government’s Works for Queensland program.
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The park is nestled within a residential area and gives families quick and easy access to a play area if they’re unable to head down to the Esplanade, for example.
The park features a playground with various balancing frames and ropes, ladders, a slide and a bird’s nest swing.
Gym equipment was also installed for those wanting to work on their fitness.
The playground is not under a shade sail but the area is surrounded by trees meaning there is some natural shade depending on the time of day you’re there. However, like always, remember your sunscreen and hat when spending time outdoors.
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One feature which really stands out is the basketball net and concrete playing surface.
Most of the parks on the Fraser Coast differ slightly to ensure there are a variety of activities available to our children and youth.
The basketball set-up provides a safe play area for older children, but also lets little ones experience new sports and ball skills for the first time.
There’s always much laughter and handing out of high fives when little kids do something for the first time, especially when they never thought they’d be able to do it.
“That one went straight in the hoop, just like the bigger kids do it,” was my son’s reaction when he netted for the first time.
There is also a wooden picnic table among the nearby trees where you can sit and enjoy a coffee while watching your little ones play.
The newest features at the Gilston Road Park follow the construction of a new walking and bike track made from recycled materials last year.
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