The All Ages Playground – A Success Story in Community

This week we were in Albany, enjoying an extension to our Christmas holiday (yes, after three weeks back at work) 😊 A highlight was a visit to the All Ages Playground at the Shire of Katanning on our way home at the end of our brief sojourn. The Playground is part of a successful $5m upgrade to play precinct.

When we lived in the neighbouring shire, we would often bring our kids over to the All Ages Playground. However, it is a far cry today from what it was back then (see the photo at the bottom of this post).

These days, the Shire of Katanning is a client of mine and is well known for its cultural inclusiveness, amazing improvements to its community infrastructure and focussing on the health and well being of its community members. The playground is a very important and well used social hub.

Below is a snapshot of our visit to the playground (which is free) and by no means shows all of its features which also includes BBQs, covered picnic areas and many other play activities…

Slide No 1 – has two slides – south and west. Despite its height, most young kids can navigate the height and the speed down the slides
Slide 2 is refurbished and stands at 10 metres tall. Adults find negotiating the spirals on the way down a bit difficult
Giant Aerial Walkway and Climbing frame No1 – nice easy ramps to the top. The way down is then a series of levels, ladders, steps and spider rope climbing frames.
Slide No3 – little kids cannot reach the bottom rung, which is just as well as this is a serious slide when you reach the bottom!
Flying foxes, sky sea saw, slide No 4 with the giant spinning dish in the background
The mechanical giraffe. One of several mechanical animal caricatures that can be ridden using a rocking motion
The Junior Playground
A closer view of the Junior Playground
On the way home, we made a pit stop to visit Bart the giant ram in the Town of Wagin. Bart is 6 metres high, 9 metres long and weighs 4 tonnes. What you can’t see is that he is standing over a well supported pergola.

What the playground looked like before it’s transformation…

Image courtesy of All Ages Playground Katanning Facebook Page

Resilience is something we can all tap into to help balance out our busy lives, to help us bounce back, to help us be who we need to be – to stand up for ourselves. Recharging our batteries by taking time out is key. In its own way, playgrounds like the All Ages Playground provide that time out and help its users extend themselves in a fun, relaxing and yet, challenging way 😊

15 Comments on “The All Ages Playground – A Success Story in Community”

    • That’s fabulous, Ang. It really is an awesome place. There were plenty of adults yesterday trying everything out. I think it’s great that the kids get to see the adults having a good time as well 😊

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  1. That is so cool!! Why should just the kids have all the fun?! Encourages the sedentary grown-ups to get moving too. We have a few “exercise” playgrounds around Hobart for the adults but not nearly enough.

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  2. Woah! The after picture is so much more colorful, diverse, and varied. It’s amazing that the essence of the place remained the same (as a park) yet the energy of it is so much more vibrant. Thanks for sharing! Slides make one feel like a kid again. πŸ™‚

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  3. Haven’t been in touch, haven’t looked at your stuff in a while. I’ve been preoccupied with people around me having car accidents and having surgery and scares of their life and my own pain and the cold weather , dying kitties outside and getting help for them and having to put one down bringing one in that had his face burnt by some insane human adopting him he needs to be altered, real quick. and stuff like ,that so I’m back and I’m looking at your beautiful blog and I hope you and your family are safe and take care !!!πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ’–β˜€οΈπŸ’–

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