A new creature has taken up residence this week in one of the City of Logan’s most popular parks.
An almost 5m high koala play tower is the centrepiece of a $6.34 million upgrade currently underway in Loganholme’s Alexander Clark Park.
The feature was moved into position in the Dewar Drive park on Thursday (August 3) as work continues on the first two stages of the upgrade.
It is a sneak peek of the works taking place but will not be open until later this year.
Lifestyle Chair Councillor Tony Hall said it was great to see the project underway.
“I’m sure park users and local residents are enjoying seeing the construction of the new elements and looking forward to it being completed,” Cr Hall said.
The main playground is getting a range of new play equipment and facilities, including water play equipment, flying fox, slides, swings, children’s bike track, park shelters, shade sails, park furniture and sensory garden.
The works, which include Division 10 Local Infrastructure Program funding, are expected to be completed in late November 2023, subject to suitable weather and construction conditions.
Division 10 Councillor Miriam Stemp recently helped to turn the sod on the project and was on hand to witness the koala tower taking shape.
“It is exciting to see this key piece of equipment now in place,” she said.
“This custom-designed koala will be watching over the main playground and will be a focal point of Alexander Clark Park for many years to come.”
Stage 3, which includes a new park entrance, additional parking and new boardwalks, is expected to be completed in 2024 with two more stages to follow on a timeline yet to be finalised.
Other works will include an active sports area with basketball and volleyball courts, handball court, a multi-purpose open space, additional parking, a new toilet block and upgrades to existing walking tracks.