Can YOU spot the 'dangers'? Furious parents claim 'unsafe' play area has left kids bleeding and in tears

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With its bright colours and wildlife-themed features, this play area is bound to attract kids out shopping with their families.

But some parents have claimed the new attraction actually has some hidden 'dangers' - which could leave kids injured and tearful.

One disappointed mum said her five-year-old son suffered bleeding and bruising after getting tangled up in the rope area.

Another hit out at the lack of safety gates, saying her two-year-old ran out of the side and "almost toppled over an elderly lady".

And a third woman claimed the smallest of the attraction's two slides was "too steep" for toddlers and "too short" for children aged five or over.

Some parents have claimed the new attraction actually has these hidden 'dangers'
Some parents have claimed the new attraction actually has these hidden 'dangers'
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The 'Garden Playground', apparently targeted at babies and kids up to 12, was recently built at a shopping centre in Victoria, Australia.

Pictures of the colourful creation were posted on Facebook by Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre, which described it as "inclusive for all ages".

"We have the soft play area for babies 0 to 3 years old and climbing play for 3 to 12-year-olds," a caption above the three images read.

However, some users were quick to pick fault with the new playground, with one, Marie Mcglone, claiming it "isn't very suitable for all ages".

Marie said the attraction should have a "proper ladder" up to its biggest slide, instead of ropes, which young kids have apparently found difficult to climb.

She wrote underneath the pictures: "The playground isn't very suitable for all ages. It's quite dangerous. It needs a proper ladder to the slide. I've seen several kids tumble trying to climb the rope structure to get to the slide & many little ones crying because they can not climb the ropes to access the slide.

The 'Garden Playground', apparently targeted at babies and kids up to 12, was recently built at the shopping centre
The 'Garden Playground', apparently targeted at babies and kids up to 12, was recently built at the shopping centre
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"The smaller slide is too steep for the toddlers & too short for the 5 year plus children. Once there is more than 5 children on the playground it's a hazard.

"Many parents are just avoiding it & several kids we know just don't want to go on it at all. It's a shame as the last play area was great."

Kat Hudson echoed Marie's comments about the larger slide. "It's ridiculous that only children able to climb a rope obstacle are able to access it," she said.

Bosses at the shopping centre have said they value the received feedback "tremendously" and have taken all concerns into consideration.

They have also said "an additional access point to the ropes installation" will be installed in the playground "very soon".

Jazz Tee, a stay-at-home mum from Mulgrave, Victoria, was among the parents commenting on the images of the play area.

She claimed: "My 5 year old son who is quite tall for his age was tangled up in the ropes and it caused bleeding and bruising.

"I won’t be letting my kids play on it again. Such a shame, I grew up at wavos."

Meanwhile, Shahna Lee Duffield, said some children had ended up running around outside the playground because of its lack of gates.

One mum claimed her five-year-old son was left bleeding and bruised after getting tangled up in the rope structure
One mum claimed her five-year-old son was left bleeding and bruised after getting tangled up in the rope structure
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"My son can’t get up to the slide at all as it’s too dangerous and he’s too small. It’s more designed for kids 10 plus!" she wrote.

She added: "Also there was kids were running around outside of the playground as it now has no gates and they tripped up someone."

Another Facebook user claimed wire mesh inside the play area was "sharp and dangerous" and that the climbing ropes were not suitable for toddlers.

She also alleged that the floor beneath the ropes wasn't padded enough,

"It is also difficult for adults to access the enclosed rope area under the slide, to get kid/s out (especially if injured)," the user wrote.

And dad Taif Khalaf Almanee said his three-year-old daughter could not play in the attraction, although his five-year-old girl "has fun".

Another claim was that the playground wasn't suitable for a large number of kids, with some users saying the area was "too crowded".

In a statement, posted on Facebook, Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre's management team said: "We really appreciate everyone taking the time to provide feedback and share your experiences on our new playground.

"We value this feedback tremendously and rest assured, all your concerns are currently being considered with the view to make some enhancements which we hope will improve the play area and overall experience.

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"One of the areas of concern that we have already addressed is an additional access point to the ropes installation which will be installed very soon.

"Other modifications and enhancements are also currently being considered and are in the works, such as improvements to the soft play elements and some more interactively play panels that will make it more engaging for younger children.

"We are currently working on this so keep an eye out for these improvements in the coming weeks and months.

"We will also be updating everyone on the progress and any changes made here."

They added: "The idea behind the playground was to provide an updated and engaging space for a wider age group of children with all abilities in mind.

"The playground has been checked at both design and installation stage by an Independent 3rd Party Safety Certifier to ensure a safe and pleasant experience for everyone."

Scott Blair - UK News
By Scott Blair - UK News 11/10/2017 10:53:00