Chester Park Reserve Gets New Shade Cover Under Sun-Safe Suburban Playgrounds Program

New shade sails at Chester Park Reserve in Mount Gravatt East and other playgrounds across the city, under BCC’s Sun-safe suburban playgrounds program.

The first 41 playgrounds to be retrofitted with shade covers were revealed in late 2022 which Cr Schrinner said will ensure every playground in Brisbane has shade will help protect parents, carers and children and potentially save lives.

Under this $10 million program, Council will identify those playgrounds that need cover and ensure they receive it over the next three years. 

Installation of poles and frames, measurement and installation of shade sails, and, when required, temporary closure of playground equipment will be part of the construction works. The time required for installation, which normally lasts between three and five weeks, depends on the size and site conditions of each playground.  

“Brisbane has an enviable lifestyle as well as a network of more than 2000 fantastic parks that make for great free fun for families,” Cr Schrinner said.

“However, we also live in a state that’s known as one of the world’s skin cancer capitals.

“While we incorporate shade in all our new playgrounds when required, there are unfortunately some that still need to be retrofitted with some form of cover.

“This program is in addition to our ongoing investment in new and improved parks and playgrounds throughout Brisbane suburbs.”

According to Cancer Council Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mr Andrew Donne, Australia has the highest rate of melanoma globally, and skin damage can occur in just 15 minutes without sun protection. However, he also emphasizes that skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer. 

He also praised the efforts of the Lord Mayor in creating shaded recreational areas for children in Brisbane and suggests that individuals can also take measures to improve their sun safety by wearing protective clothing, applying SPF 30+ sunscreen, wearing a broad-brimmed hat, seeking shade, and using wraparound sunglasses.

The playgrounds to receive shade over the six months period are the following:

Akuna Street ParkKenmoreMarch – April
Austin Uhlmann ParkMorningsideMarch – April
Bacton Road ParkChandlerTo be confirmed
Barwin Street ParkWakerleyMay – June
Beckett Road ParkMcDowallMay – June
Bliss Street ParkGaythorneApril – May
Breene Court ParkCarindaleTo be confirmed
Broula ParkStafford HeightsApril – May
Buckley Street ParkCarina HeightsMarch – April
Cannon Hill Bushland ReserveCannon HillMarch – April
Castamore Way ParkRichlandsMay – June
Chester Park ReserveMount Gravatt EastApril – May
Crawford Road ParkWynnum WestApril – May
Dianthus Street Park (South)WakerleyMarch – April
Doulton Street ParkCalamvaleMarch – May
Ed Kuepper ParkOxleyApril May
Ekibin Park EastGreenslopesTo be confirmed
Ekibin Park SouthAnnerleyApril – May
Fernwood Place ParkTaigumTo be confirmed
Ferny Grove Picnic Ground ParkFerny GroveApril – May
Fiddlewood Crescent ParkBellbowrieMarch – April
Fig Tree Pocket Riverside ReserveFig Tree PocketApril – May
Frank Sleeman ParkBoondallTo be confirmed
Garrett ParkRuncornMarch – May
Gordon CrescentWakerleyMarch – April
Greenhills ParkAlderleyMarch – April
Hamish Street ParkCalamvaleTo be confirmed
Harry Kirby ParkAspleyApril – May
Heers ParkManly WestApril – May
Kalinga ParkKalingaMay – June
Kings ParkKeperraApril – May
Kitchener ParkWynnum WestTo be confirmed
Kuranda Street ParkBalmoralMarch – April
Lambertia Close ParkMount Gravatt EastTo be confirmed
Linacre Street ParkDurackApril – May
Milton Urban CommonMiltonTo be confirmed
Mingoola ParkMurarrieTo be confirmed
Moora ParkShorncliffeApril – May
Narrung Street ParkMiddle ParkApril – May
Nixon ParkOxleyApril – May
O’Callaghan ParkZillmereTo be confirmed
Orleigh ParkWest EndTo be confirmed
Robert Hanley ParkSeven HillsMarch – April
Robinson ParkRichlandsTo be confirmed
Ross ParkNundahTo be confirmed
Rotary ParkHeathwoodMarch – May
Sanananda ParkDarraApril – May
Selkirk Crescent ParkUpper KedronTo be confirmed
Sunset Place ParkMcDowallTo be confirmed
Tryon Street ParkUpper Mount GravattMarch – May

Cr Schrinner remarked that parents, like himself, are aware that playgrounds lacking shade are unavailable for extended periods in Brisbane’s hotter months, but this initiative will make the city’s parks cooler for all.

Published 12-April-2023