Ipswich City Council
River Heart stage two almost complete
17 September 2012
Workers are putting the finishing touches to stage two of River Heart Parklands ahead of its official October 14 opening.
Parks, Sport and Recreation Committee Chairperson Councillor David Morrison said the site was a hive of activity as works neared completion.
"It's all happening - turf has been laid, concrete paths poured, balustrades installed and hydraulic systems commissioned, and what's great is that it will all be open in time for the school holidays," Cr Morrison said.
"This will provide Ipswich residents and visitors with a perfect opportunity to preview the zero depth water park and extensive play equipment including a spider web style climbing frame and a 25 metre flying fox."
A football field sized ‘Discovery Forest' which incorporates features including forts, a bridge across a dry creek bed, carved wooden totems and balance beams is also expected to have immense appeal.
"That little bit of rainforest was planted by Ipswich City Council employees more than 30 years ago and some of them, including David Baker who is now our city maintenance manager, are still working with us," Cr Morrison said.
"It is five degrees cooler in the Discovery Forest than it is outside, so it will be a wonderful shady spot in the summer."
River Heart Parklands stage two works extended stage one of the parklands further east and down King Edward Pde which has been linked through a walk and cycleway to Bob Gamble Park.
The total cost of stage two is $7 million, with $3.4 million committed by the Federal Government through the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport, and the remainder coming from Ipswich City Council.
Cr Morrison said a new boardwalk would be a boon to walkers, joggers, cyclists and others on the move.
"The boardwalks in stage one have always been one of my favourite parts of River Heart Parklands," Cr Morrison said.
"The new boardwalk is a feature which will allow people to view the Bremer River from a vantage point that has not been seen before."
Stage one of River Heart Parklands opened in 2006 and has been embraced by the community ever since.