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Tenders called for Maryborough water playground

5 December 2019

A new water play area and all abilities playground in Maryborough’s Anzac Park is a step closer with the Fraser Coast Regional Council now calling for tenders with appointment expected to occur in February 2020.

Cr Daniel Sanderson said Council was keen to ensure the Fraser Coast was a safe, active and healthy community and investing in parks and playgrounds helped to achieve that goal.
“Anzac Park is an important part of the Maryborough outdoor and open space network and its location lends itself to higher use by residents and visitors,” he said.

“An all abilities playground and water play area will really help enhance the park and I can’t wait for work to start early next year.

“This is a project the Council is very passionate about. It will be embraced not just by our current generation but generations to come.”

Cr Sanderson said the water play area and all abilities playground would be built in stages as funding became available.

“The first stage will include the development of a pump room and amenities block, a sensory wall, inclusive orbit element, a spoon full of sugar discharge bucket, a trampoline, waterfall, crystal fountains and a hammock,” he said.

“The second stage will include stream jets, a roller slide, cosmic cannons, spray jets, sugar cane spray poles, a new shelter with a barbecue, and a wall in coloured concrete with timber batten seating.

“Maryborough is famous for our links to Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers and the playground incorporates elements of the story with the spoon full of sugar bucket and rainbow pathways.
“We anticipate the first stage will cost more than a million dollars, with the Queensland Government providing $800,000 for supporting infrastructure such as the amenities block, path and architectural lighting, CCTV and connecting pathways.”

Cr Anne Maddern said the detailed design work was now complete and she was excited the project would soon become a reality.

“Managing our parks, community gardens and playgrounds is one of Council’s core responsibilities and the all-abilities playground and water play area will be a great addition to Anzac Park,” she said.

“The water used will be part of a closed reuse system similar to Council’s aquatic centres with the water flowing through the playground to be collected, treated, filtered and recirculated through an onsite pump house.
“We anticipate awarding the construction tender early in the new year, with site works to start soon after and be completed by June. 

“Council will then do some landscaping work before the first stage of the new playground and water play area officially opens in July 2020, weather permitting.
“We are grateful to the State Government for providing additional financial support through the Works for Queensland program to enable us to deliver this fantastic project.”