[singlepic id=346 w=320 h=240 float=left] Far North Queensland families are encouraged to get out and enjoy the sunshine and a sausage sizzle at the official opening of an all abilities playground in Edmonton tomorrow.

Disability Services Minister and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the playground was designed for all children to enjoy – regardless of age or ability.

“Local kids have spent plenty of time cooped up inside over recent months because of wet weather and I’m sure families will want to come out and enjoy some time exploring our new playground now we’re enjoying some sunshine,” Mr Pitt said.

“Bring the kids down and enjoy some face painting, and heaps of other activities that will be running for children of all abilities on the day,” he said.

“We’ve built this playground with the help of local families who helped us design a space that encourages children of all abilities to explore and be creative and to go out and play.

“All Abilities Playgrounds break down barriers through innovative and creative designs that support the fundamental importance of play in the health, wellbeing and development of all children, regardless of their age or ability.

“The playground is also a welcome addition to Sugarworld Gardens which has always been a great destination for local families to relax and enjoy recreational activities together, and of course it’s right in the heart of the fast-growing southern corridor of Cairns.”

[singlepic id=347 w=320 h=240 float=left] Jointly funded by the Queensland Government and Cairns Regional Council, Mr Pitt said the $550,000 playground at Edmonton is part of the $4.6 million partnership with regional councils for 16 All Abilities Playgrounds across the state.

“Here at Edmonton, there’s plenty of space for children of all ages and abilities in the new 3,000 square metre playground which features a sand and water play area, sensory and herb gardens, daisy tables, a musical hub, a rope-climbing course and a swing with a high back and harness.

“We’ve also got a picnic shelter with tables and a barbecue, lots of seating and bike racks for families to enjoy while visiting the playground.

“Play helps children learn, to interact with others, to share. It encourages creativity and family bonding and most importantly – it’s fun.

“I’m proud to say we’ve created something unique here for local families to enjoy and I want to thank the local people who helped us with the designs, and the local Council for supporting this initiative.”