28 August 2017
Breakaway Inc. support workers Jacob Somers and Russell Solomon with Adam Conneley, Lenny Vunvus, Reece Lockrey and Jake Lavelle with Moreton Bay Regional Council Division Five Councillor James Houghton enjoying the new facilities at Scarborough Beach Park.
Councillor for Division Five James Houghton said the multi-million council upgrade would help to ensure Scarborough Beach Park remained one of South East Queensland’s most family-friendly beach and parkland areas.
“Home to the iconic pirate playground and the title of Queensland’s friendliest beach in 2003, Scarborough Beach Park has always been immensely popular among local residents and visitors and the new additions to park will add even greater accessibility and more spaces for families to have a picnic at the park,” Cr Houghton said.
Another great feature of this important upgrade is the work undertaken to widen the shared pathways at the park, providing more space for the many cyclists and pedestrians who use this park every day to walk their dogs, enjoy the view and improve their personal fitness.”
The park upgrade forms part of council’s $29 million investment in this year’s budget in parks, playgrounds, and sport and recreational facilities across the region.
Cr Houghton encouraged locals to make the most of the beautiful weather at this time of year, head outdoors and check out the newly re-opened Scarborough Beach Park.
“We have taken this park to a whole new level with 16 new picnic settings, new decks and viewing areas, and of course the new jumping pillow,” Cr Houghton said.
“For park patrons who use wheelchairs and other accessibility aides, a new plaza area has been constructed underneath the southern fig tree with unique wheelchair-accessible tables as well as additional handrail and ramp access from Landsborough Avenue to make this space even more accessible to park users.
“About 4000m2 of concrete was used during the construction process, to deliver a wider pathway giving cyclists and pedestrians more room to move and help address the concerns of local residents about pedestrian safety on our shared pathways.
“We have also planted eight large trees to the park; these Norfolk Island Pine trees were grown on a tree farm and then transplanted to the site to reinforce the existing avenue of trees.
“For those who enjoy entertaining outdoors and picnics there will be plenty to rave about with new picnic furniture on the southern end of Scarborough Beach Park that will overlook the beach.
“Much of the existing off-street parking has been retained, and extra on-street parking has been installed on Kennedy Esplanade, while a new concrete pathway has been constructed from the parking bays to the centre of Landsborough Avenue to meet up with the pirate-themed playground.”
Designed in consultation with local residents, community groups and business owners, Councillor Houghton said the existing basketball half-court near Kennedy Esplanade had also been reconstructed to allow for both the foreshore shared path to be widened.
Scarborough Beach Park is located at 52 Landsborough Avenue, Scarborough.