Thornlands Community Park opens, Raby Bay Esplanade Park to follow this week as Redland City parks get upgrade

PLAYTIME: Taylor Bishop tries out the new equipment at the Thornlands Community Park.
PLAYTIME: Taylor Bishop tries out the new equipment at the Thornlands Community Park.

REDLANDS Coast kids are in for a treat these school holidays with a number of major park improvements due to open soon.

Mayor Karen Williams said there would be exciting new play spaces and equipment at Thornlands Community Park, Apex Park in Wellington Point and Raby Esplanade Park in Ormiston.

"The $2.1 million addition to Thornlands Community Park opened for the first day of school holidays on Saturday," Cr Williams said.

Families took advantage of the sunny weather on Saturday and flocked to the park at the intersection of Cleveland-Redland Bay Road and Waterline Boulevard.

The $770,000 upgrade to Raby Esplanade Park would follow this week (July 1), weather permitting.

"Disappointingly, the opening of the $720,000 Apex Park upgrade has been pushed back due to vandalism, but we hope it won't be too delayed.

"All of these upgrades are part of larger staged park projects that will see improvements to facilities for a cross section of visitors," she said.

Division 3 Cr Paul Golle said he had watched with excitement as Thornlands Community Park had emerged from what was just a grassy patch in April 2018.

"The new all abilities play space will feature a double flying fox, water auger and mud pit; and incorporate additional picnic settings, barbeques, shade, and seating all within a fully fenced area," Cr Golle said.

"This coming financial year will see the inclusion of an extra agricultural themed mounded play area for climbing, sliding and tunneling within the fenced play area and fitness equipment outside."

Division 1 Cr Wendy Boglary said she was looking forward to the upcoming openings of the revamped play areas at both Apex Park and Raby Esplanade Park.

"In a first for Redlands Coast parks, Apex Park at Starkey Street, Wellington Point will include an in-ground trampoline.

"Along with the addition of a climbing unit and fairy play space, the much loved flying fox will be renewed," she said.

Raby Esplanade Park, Ormiston will reopen with a nautical themed play space, a shipping container stacked play tower and a created creek bed featuring water pumps and sluice gates.

"The exciting new hamster wheel will be another first for the Redlands Coast children to enjoy," Cr Boglary said.