A Sunshine Coast mum has hit out at the growing number of “pointless” playgrounds saying it makes it harder for parents to feel comfortable leaving children alone to just play.

Kirsty Williams has three young children all aged under four, so a trip to the park can be tricky at the best of times but now she’s facing a new problem altogether.

“I have found the majority of parks around my area have become too artistic,” she told 7 News Online.

“It seems the people that are creating these parks are forgetting that parents with young children also enjoy a park outing.

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“They seem to be focusing on creating these rope ladders that lead to pointless platforms, high drop off points with a pole or something similar or something like a steep rock wall to get access to a slide.”

The young mum said she believes parks are constantly in an artistic competition and are forgoing the practical elements that children love about playgrounds. She doesn’t feel comfortable leaving her children alone on some of the new age playgrounds.

“Whatever happened to old school parks where children of all ages can enjoy?” she added.

“It’s not just one or two anymore, it seems a lot of them are being ‘revamped’.

“Please allow me to sit down for at least 2 minutes without the worry of my children face planting.”

Does she make a good point? Are today’s parks making it harder for parents to sit and relax while the kids play?

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  • I totally agree with this, I try all the new ones but seem to go back to the older ones that I can actually enjoy with the children and not say no and freak out all the time.


  • These playground/parks don’t look like they are much fun to play in for children.


  • Playgrounds just need to have safe and fun equipment for children. They don’t really care what they look like as long as they can have fun there.


  • Wow she is so wrong about this. There are plenty of things to love about parks that are more than just play equipment. They inspire kids to play in different ways.


  • No matter what they do with the playgrounds they will only suit 50% of people.


  • I think she is being a bit of an old grump personally. I actually like artistically styled playgrounds and seek them out because my children must find them more exciting than the old school ones and I like to encourage their imagination which can be hard if a playground is just a swing set and a slide. As another lady on here said- a kid can still face plant on the old fashioned ones too. Really, in this day and age when out in public you should be reasonably close to your kids anyway not just for safety on the play equipment. Besides, I think it’s nice to participate with my children- climb up things with them, go down slides and I’m sure that the majority of people would feel the same.


  • We have plenty of old fashioned boring parks around here and the kids still faceplant.


  • I think there are a variety of parks around to suit all different ages. Just go where it suits you.


  • I would take my grandchildren when younger I would not allow them on a very high pyramid shaped climber , My concern was that they would miss their footing fall through thereby hanging by their necks. I saw many near misses with other children on these type of climbers . they would have to watched carefully as they always wanted to climb these and if my back was turned would be on them


  • These parks are great for older children and I’m glad they’re around ! It’s good to know all the parks around you and find the ones that suit the age of your children. My youngest has Down syndrome, is a dare devil, sees no danger and will run off where she can. For her I need a simple safe enclosed park. But leaving her alone as this mum desires ?? No way, never ever ! For my older kids the type of park in the picture is great and I feel happy to watch them on a distance as well. But leaving them alone ? No.


  • I think they are great. They need to cater for older children. There are many older parks that only suit young children. As my kids are getting older now they find most parks boring. These new ones are great to challenge the older ones and get them outside away from electronics. People with younger child have many other parks they can go to. I’ve been to probably all the parks on the Sunshine Coast and I have seen some new parks that cater for all kids and are really simple.


  • I haven’t seen these parks but can’t see the problem!


  • i like to help my child interact with the play equipment but i can see her point. You want to relax and know that your child will be safe and they want a sense of accomplishment while playing and some of these obstacles are too challenging for the littlies


  • it seems that the designers might be trying to strive for awards and accolades from their peers rather than the general public that use the actual parks.

    I totally understand how this mother feels, before you could go the park and the tallest thing your kid could fall off would be the slide! – now there are pointless walls and platforms with no safety regards for those adventurous little ones that are skilled at climbing!

    I agree sometimes the trip to the park is for mum/dad etc to relax and enjoy some outside time without stress while their child runs off some energy playing, now though you don’t get that relax because you have to watch your little ones like a hawk for fear they are going to hurt themselves – bring back swings, see saws and monkey bars!


  • Interesting article. My son is long past the playground but I can see merit in what this Mum is saying. I have started to notice that all new playgrounds are different and not as practical as they used to be which makes for less fun and less engagement.


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