‘Incredible’: Millions to be spent on playgrounds

MILLIONS will be spent to create or revamp playgrounds across the Gold Coast under a new scheme announced today by the council.

The six projects, which will cost between $250,000 and $5 million, will begin rolling out from February next year and continue into 2021.

Tenders for the design and construction of the parks went out today.

The park upgrades planned for Cascade Gardens.
The park upgrades planned for Cascade Gardens.


Mayor Tom Tate said the works were long overdue.

"We all love our parks and these projects aim to create imaginative play spaces, improved facilities, appealing landscaping and places where everyone can relax," he said.

"We have around 2,300 parks and we work hard not just to maintain them but to keep them evolving to keep up with current designs and to ensure they fulfil community needs."

The park upgrades include:

* Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang

Work will begin in March 2020 to create an "inclusive adventure playground". It will have a "theme derived from the history and character of the site - country, farm and nature".

There will be picnic facilities, a carpark and entry road modification and improvements to existing toilet facilities.

* Emerald Lakes Parklands, Emerald Lakes

A 400 sqm play area will be built in February 2020 which will include fencing, disabled carpark, seating, footpaths and soft landscaping.

* Schuster Park, Tallebudgera

An 800 sqm "unique, jungle themed playground" will be created in Schuster Park on Tallebudgera Creek. Work begins May 2020.

* Cascade Gardens, Broadbeach

A "dementia-friendly seniors garden with a combination of hard and soft landscaping components". It was announced in this year's council budget.

It has been called a "destination for people with early and advanced stage dementia, their friends, carers and families, for outdoor recreation and group outings".

Work begins in February 2020

* Ed Hardy Park, Miami

The existing recreation area will be revamped. Work begins in February 2020.

* Palm Beach Parklands

The Coast's popular pirate park, which opened in 2010, will be revamped with new elements.

Artist impression of Southport Broadwater Parklands Stage 4. Picture: Gold Coast City Council
Artist impression of Southport Broadwater Parklands Stage 4. Picture: Gold Coast City Council

Earlier this year the Bulletin revealed plans for a five-storey attraction which will be built as the centrepiece of the Southport Broadwater Parklands' next stage.

The Gold Coast City Council is spending $5 million designing the final stage of the city's biggest playground at the northern end of the parklands.

However, this upgrade will occur in the next financial year.