Castamore Way Park To Get Shade Sail As Part Of City’s Sun Safe Playgrounds Initiative

Richland’s Castamore Way Park, one of Brisbane’s newest parks, is set to receive shade in 2023, as part of the city’s Sun Safe Suburban Playgrounds Program.

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Under the initiative, Castamore Way Park will have shade sails which will be beneficial especially during the warmer months of the year. The park will be one of the first 41 playgrounds to be retrofitted with shade covers in 2023.

Brisbane City Council has allocated $10 million for the three-year program to ensure every playground in the city has shade that will help protect parents, carers and children and potentially save lives.

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Although Council has incorporated shade in all of the city’s new playgrounds when required, there are some that still need to be retrofitted with some form of cover. 

Through the Sun Safe Suburban Playgrounds program, Council will identify those playgrounds that need cover and ensure they receive it over the next three years.

Cancer Council Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mr Andrew Donne supports the program, given that Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the world. 

“What I must convey however, is that skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers,” said Mr Donne.

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“I applaud the Lord Mayor as he creates more shady recreational spaces for Brisbane kids,” he added.

Mr Donne also urged locals to do their part in improving their own sun safety, such as using protective clothing, SPF 30+ sunscreen, a broad-brimmed hat; seeking shade and sliding on wraparound sunglasses.

Aside from installing shade sails, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said they will also look at investing in planting mature trees.

“Trees not only create a cleaner, greener Brisbane but are also a great source of shade,” said Cr Schrinner.

About Castamore Way Park

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Once a land area filled with just grass and trees, Castamore Way Park is being developed by Brisbane City Council following consultation with the community in 2020.

In mid-2022, works started for the new park and playspace at Castamore Way Park. It will feature a large new playground, drinking fountain, picnic shelter, new tree grove for shade and shelter, new walking paths and an open area for ball games.  

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Castamore Way Park is located at 112A and 120A Progress Road, Richlands.