Toowoomba Regional Council will commence construction of a $2.4 million upgrade to facilities as Stage 5 of the Queens Park masterplan improvement continues.
The works that begin on Monday, October 8 will include installation of new play items for the Margaret Street playground, landscaping and access improvements to the Margaret Street frontage, park lighting, additional pathway works and installation of new playground items at Lindsay Street playground.
Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) Parks and Recreation Services portfolio leader Cr Joe Ramia said the upgrades to Margaret Street and Lindsay Street playground would increase the variety of play equipment on offer.
“One of the most exciting features of these works will be the installation of a large Pentaboo in the Margaret Street playground.
“The Pentaboo is a unique 7 metre high playhouse with a spiral slide and a climbing rope based pyramid.
“During installation of the pentaboo playground, a section of the Margaret Street playground will be closed, while works are being undertaken; however the Lindsay Street playground will remain open for use, Cr Ramia said.
“Council intend that weather permitting, the upgrades to both playgrounds will be finished in time for December school holidays”, Cr Ramia said.
“In November 2017 Toowoomba Regional Council received State Government funding of $1.288 million to assist with construction of the Stage 5 project works through the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.
“Queens Park has a long and proud history and is a favourite location for community celebrations, sporting activities and family outings and draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. Extensive planning has been completed to preserve the park’s distinctive cultural heritage values.
“It is important that the facilities within the park are suitable for the needs of people with all abilities including local residents and international visitors and the improvement works will ensure that Queens Park can continue to be presented as our premier regional park facility.”
The Stage 5 works are another component of the ongoing improvements outlined in Council’s $12 million Queens Park Master Plan implementation project, designed to enhance public facilities while maintaining the unique features of the city’s premier park.
Previous stages of work competed to date at Queens Park have involved upgrading the car park off Lindsay Street, pathway replacement throughout the Botanic Gardens and parkland areas, the installation of new signage, new park furniture and new trees in addition to the provision of new amenities buildings and picnic shelters.
For more information about the Queens Park Masterplan improvements Stage 5 go to http://www.tr.qld.gov.au/our-region/major-projects/environment-community/12301-queens-park-improvements