#53 All-Access Playground

On Sunday 28 October, Auckland's latest all-access playground for children of all abilities was opened out at Long Bay and Megan and Kylie from the Be. team went along to enjoy the sunny day and opening ceremony activities!

This playground was a joint project between the Auckland Council and Variety - The Children's Charity and was designed to be accessible by children, parents and caregivers of all abilities.

In addition to the swings, hammocks, see saws and flying fox that children have been enjoying since the playground opened last year, stage two features a nature trail providing unstructured play in a natural discovery setting.

The trail includes a wavy path, rumbles and judders which make a fun ride for children who use wheelchairs. Along the trail is a music station with huge musical instruments and two trampolines built into grass mounds that appear to be hills. Binoculars and a telescope are set up so children can take in the surroundings, and there is even an 'in ground tube talk' system so a conversation can take place between children at different points on the path.

This playground is a beautiful example of thoughtful, accessible design that benefits not just those with access needs but in fact provides a richer and more stimulating experience for all.

See below for some photos we took on the day!

Paralympian swimmer Rebecca Dubber MCing the opening event

The wide seat seesaw at the playground

The big wide slide

Unveiling the Variety - Children's Charity plaque

One of the musical instruments at the park

The swings at the park