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Open Space and Recreation Strategy

Executive Summary

Open space is a highly valued asset by residents and visitors to Ipswich and contributes significantly to the City's character, lifestyle, health, biodiversity and economy. There are significant benefits credited to the provision of open space with far reaching benefits and advantages to communities.

Open Space is fundamental to people being able to participate in recreational and sporting activities. It also creates desirable neighbourhoods that lead to healthy and attractive places to live. Quality open space is also integral to environmental protection and can provide notable opportunities for economic development.

Open space plays a major role in improving community health, both physical and mental, reducing crime, stimulating economic growth and even boosting property value. Open space can also establish a sense of ownership and belonging to local communities, and these attributes are known to improve the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Ipswich City Council have sought to undertake an Open Space and Recreation Strategy to set the direction for open space and recreation for the City. This work has been triggered by the need to provide an overarching strategic document for recreation, sport and natural areas which incorporates and aligns with the current public parks network and planning framework (maintained through Council's Public Parks Strategy and the Local Government Infrastructure Plan).

Open Space and Recreation StrategyThis Strategy has been developed giving thought to what we know about the City's open space, our understanding of the local community's preferences to different open space types and functions and Council's (and the community's) capacity to deliver the required infrastructure to meet community needs and future demand. The strategy is proposed to have a ten year implementation period.

View the Open Space and Recreation Strategy.