Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has revealed the first 41 playgrounds to be retrofitted with shade covers under Council’s new Sun Safe Suburban Playgrounds program.

Cr Schrinner said the $10 million three-year program to ensure every playground in Brisbane has shade will help protect parents, carers and children and potentially save lives.

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

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

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

Cancer Council Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mr Andrew Donne supports the Brisbane City Council Sun Safe Suburban Playgrounds program as a great step in reducing skin damage and risk of skin cancer for Brisbane kids.

“It is well known that Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the world, and without sun protection skin damage can occur in as little as 15 minutes,” Mr Donne said.

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

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

You can do your part as well to improve your sun safety, and slip on protective clothing, slop on SPF 30+ sunscreen, slap on a broad-brimmed hat, seek shade and slide on wraparound sunglasses,” Mr Donne said.

Council had engaged three local suppliers and manufacturers to make and install shade sails at the first package of playgrounds funded under the Sun Safe Suburban Playgrounds program.

Shade sails will also be installed over a further nine playgrounds this financial year under the Suburban Works Program.

“The first installations under the Sun Safe Suburban Playgrounds program will kick off in the new year at playgrounds in Alderley, Durack, Heathwood, and Runcorn,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Many parents of young children like me would know only too well that playgrounds without shade are off limits for large parts of the day, particularly during Brisbane’s hotter months.

Our program will be pivotal to ensuring that when the sun is up our parks are cooler for everyone.

Brisbane is the best place in the world to live and programs like this are helping to make it even better.”

Cr Schrinner said this accelerated program would ensure every single playground would have shade cover within a few years.

“We estimate around 150 playgrounds will be upgraded with shade under this program,” he said.

“On average we currently add new shade to around 10 playgrounds a year. This new program will boost that to about 50 a year.

Where possible, we will also look at investing in planting of mature trees rather than sails.

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

For more information, please visit brisbane.qld.gov.au or contact Council on (07) 3403 8888.


 2022-23 Sun Safe Suburban Playgrounds Program


Park Name Suburb
Akuna Street Park Kenmore
Austin Uhlmann Park Morningside
Barwin Street Park Wakerley
Beckett Road Park Mcdowall
Bliss Street Park Gaythorne
Broula Park Stafford Heights
Buckley Street Park Carina Heights
Cannon Hill BusHland Reserve Cannon Hill
Castamore Way Park Richlands
Chester Park Reserve Mount Gravatt East
Crawford Road Park Wynnum West
Dianthus Street Park (South) Wakerley
Doulton Street Park Calamvale
Ed Kuepper Park Oxley
Ekibin Park South Annerley
Ferny Grove Picnic Ground Park Ferny Grove
Fiddlewood Crescent Park Bellbowrie
Fig Tree Pocket Riverside Reserve Fig Tree Pocket
Garrett Park Runcorn
Gordon Crescent Wakerley
Greenhills Park Alderley
Harry Kirby Park Aspley
Heers Park Manly West
Kings Park Keperra
Kuranda Street Park Balmoral
Linacre Street Park Durack
Moora Park Shorncliffe
Narrung Street Park Middle Park
Nixon Park Oxley
Robert Hanley Park Seven Hills
Rotary Park Heathwood
Sanananda Park Darra
Tryon Street Park Upper Mount Gravatt
Breene Court Park Carindale
Milton Urban Common Milton
Hamish Street Park Calamvale
Kalinga Park Kalinga
Orleigh Park West End
Bacton Road Park Chandler
Ekibin Park East Greenslopes
Mingoola Park Murarrie


2022-23 Suburban Works Program:


Park Name Suburb
Frank Sleeman Park Boondall
O’Callaghan Park Zillmere
Selkirk Crescent Park Upper Kedron
Sunset Place Park Mcdowall
Lambertia Close Park Mount Gravatt East
Ross Park Nundah
Robinson Park Fairfield
Spencer Park Newmarket
Kitchener Park Wynnum West