Harry Kirby Park To Be Retrofitted With Shade Covers

Harry Kirby Park

Aspley’s Harry Kirby Park will be retrofitted with shade covers in 2023 as part of the city’s Sun Safe Suburban Playgrounds Program.

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The park will be among the first 41 playgrounds in Brisbane set to receive shade over the next six months or by early 2023.

Brisbane City Council has allocated $10 million to ensure every playground in Brisbane has shade which will help protect parents, carers and children and potentially save lives.

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Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said under the Sun Safe Suburban Playgrounds Program, Council will identify those playgrounds that need cover and ensure they receive it over the next three years.

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

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

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“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.

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.”

About Harry Kirby Park

Harry Kirby Park
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Harry Kirby Park is a recreational park which features a playground and shared pathway network. It also includes facilities for Aspley Leagues Club and the Aspley Rugby League.

The park was named after Harry Kirby, an advisor from the Northern Suburbs Devils or simply Norths, who oversaw the setting up of the club and decided to stay with the rugby league club Aspley Broncos. 

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The park is located at 29 Kirby Rd, Aspley.