Photo of Julia Cowell at the slide at Pacific Pines. Photo by Richard Gosling
Photo of Julia Cowell at the slide at Pacific Pines. Photo by Richard Gosling

Constant playground injuries spark complaints against slide

PACIFIC Pines parents are demanding action be taken on a steep public slide before a child is seriously hurt.

Parents say several young children have been injured on the giant blue slide at Park Lake Park because it is steep and they have suffered friction burns or been going so fast they have been sent flying out the bottom.

This is the slide at Pacific Pines. Photo by Richard Gosling
This is the slide at Pacific Pines. Photo by Richard Gosling

Oxenford mum of two Sophie Lawson said there were no warning signs about age limits.

"My two-year-old daughter is adventurous and often climbs up to watch kids go down that huge slide," she said.

"But one day she jumped in and slid down before I could stop her, banging all the way down before being thrown out the other end.

Parents say the slide that is too steep and needs safety warnings attached. Photo by Richard Gosling
Parents say the slide that is too steep and needs safety warnings attached. Photo by Richard Gosling

"She sustained a huge bruise and graze to her head and thigh.

"When I tell people about it, they all have their own stories about injuries from that slide."

Pacific Pines resident Lauren Burns, who frequents the park with son Angus, 3, said she had seen accidents on the slide and thought it was dangerous.

The slide is very steep. Photo by Richard Gosling
The slide is very steep. Photo by Richard Gosling

"My friend's boy hurt himself and burnt his bum and leg area, and my little boy went down once and came flying out straight on to his back," she said.

"Little kids could get seriously injured."

Calls have been made for the Gold Coast City Council to modify the slide or erect signs advising parents of a minimum age requirement for users.

Angela Chippindall, said son Braxton used the slide with husband Karl having to catch him at the bottom.

"It could probably do with some sort of fixing. If kids are getting hurt, that's not good," she said.

Pacific Pines mum Hayley Louise said her daughter Ivy was "quite hurt" on the slide.

"She had a dress on and burnt her bottom really badly. She was about three-years-old. She's now five and still a bit funny going on it," she said.

A council spokeswoman said playground inspectors had deemed the slide compliant with Australian standards.

"Council urges parents to supervise their children at all times when using playground equipment," she said.

INTERN REPORTER JULIA COWELL PUTS SLIDE TO THE TEST:

Surrounded by nostalgic playground equipment, including small rocking horses, a zip line, a treehouse and swings, the park also came with a slide sure to give you a real theme-park thrill.

Standing just under 10m high (but it seems like 100m), this slide is not one for the faint-hearted.

I have had my fair share of roller-coasters, water-slides and giant drops.

This kids' slide was definitely up there with the "worst'' of them.

Steeper than any playground slide I had ever been on, I couldn't believe that little kids from the age of two were riding this monster.

A local, Roxy Widdas, told me that she just wanted a safer slide for kids to play on.

"I think it's too steep and doesn't have enough runway before it finishes," she said.

"We have had two kids with burns to their head and arm after going down the slide.

"It's too dangerous for little kids, and I think it needs to be changed."

A school boy at the park, aged nine, said he worried when his friends went down it because they might hit their head at the end or burn their elbows.

A young girl, 5, who said she was bumped on the slide, said it was really scary going down and she wasn't going to go on it again.

* For the record, Julia bravely rode the slide, said she bumped her head on the tunnel roof near the bottom and was reported - by another journalist - to have screamed all the way down.