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Stunning accessible playground opens at Sunshine Butterflies

Sunshine Butterflies Disability Charity has successfully opened its new accessible playground at its 15-acre facility ‘Our Backyard’ in Cooroibah on the Sunshine Coast. The unique natural playground is designed for individuals of all abilities. It features elements of sandstone and timber in its design.

There was face painting and and much fun to be had on the new playground at the official opening on March 31. Sunshine Butterflies’ music program ‘Rockability’ provided the entertainment.

Rockability Perform at Sunshine Butterflies

“The adventure playground offers a space for play as well as social and learning experiences for children of all abilities,” Sunshine Butterflies’ CEO and Founder, Leanne Walsh, says.

Special guests included Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart, Tourism Noosa CEO Melanie Anderson, Alexa Leary from Move for Lex the team from Tourism Noosa. Noosa Council Community Development, Play Matters Australia, project manager Damien Walsh and The Primary Club of Australia representative Jason Law helped celebrate the exciting milestone.

Mayor Clare Stewart and Alexa Leary helped open the playground.

“Both [women] have sustained life-changing injuries and are hugely influential within the disability community,” Ms Walsh says.

Playing in the Sand at Sunshine Butterflies Accessible Playground

What is at the new accessible playground?

The upgraded playground space at Sunshine Butterflies offers diverse and beneficial experiences. Both for neurotypical children and children living with disability.

Project manager Damien Walsh says the new playground includes an accessible nest swing, soft fall throughout, wheelchair-accessible paths and ramps.

“There are sensory activity panels for fine motor skills and an adventure treehouse to enjoy. We also included water play features with a natural stream and wishing well, sand, water and mud play. All which are accessible from a wheelchair.”

Wishing Well at Sunshine Butterflies Accessible Playground

Kindergarten groups, all ability playgroups, community groups, mothers groups and school groups will all benefit from the playground.

Play Matters Australia (formerly Playgroup QLD) will hold a weekly playgroup at the Sunshine Butterflies playground. It will gather every Tuesday from 9am to 11am.

Sunshine Butterflies also has an on-site café, farm animals and lovely shaded areas. This makes the playground the perfect location for birthday parties and family-friendly events too.

Visit www.sunshinebutterflies.com.au to find out more.

Sunshine Butterflies New Accessible Playground Opens

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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