The latest park in the City of Logan has been officially opened on the Village Green in Logan Village, months later than the original proposed date.
The delay came due to wet weather and an unexpected water drainage issue, which meant the playground didn’t get to open before Christmas 2020.
Now the temporary fences are gone it is clear to see that the delay to make the grounds safe and play equipment ready to use was well worth the wait.
Features of the playground include a bird’s nest lookout, large and small slides, trampolines, a flying fox, totem poles with ropes and a dry creek bed flanked by timber steppers and balance beams.
Play equipment includes a universal access spinner, an all-abilities multi-swing, a basket swing, and toddlers’ swings.
The playground was full of local children as soon as the ribbon was cut. Kids of all ages were exploring all the new equipment with big smiles.
A ‘Place to Play’ event at the Green last year, hosted by Logan City Council, focused on engaging children to assist in providing ideas for the playground. This meant that the local community helped inspire the playground’s design and features.
The community made it clear that the playground should be nestled within trees and have a significant amount of green space and shade for sitting and reading.
The new playground is the centrepiece of a $1.6 million upgrade of the Logan Village Green which also includes a relocated, redesigned and upgraded RSL cenotaph, featuring new sandstone pillars, two panel images of soldiers, three flag masts and special lighting.
The memorial will be used for the first time for local Anzac Day commemorations on Sunday, April 25.
Other works delivered as part of the Village Green upgrade include a small amphitheatre, a double shelter and seating, a barbecue, a new water bubbler, additional lighting and signage and an avenue of trees.
A safety camera already operates in the area, which is monitored 24/7 by Logan City Council.
Acting Mayor and Planning Chair Jon Raven said the playground was another project based on community feedback from the 2018 Logan Village Forum.
“The local community told us a playground on the Green was one of their priorities, and with their input into the design, Council has delivered that,” Cr Raven said.
City Lifestyle Chair and local Division 4 Councillor Laurie Koranski said Council was committed to providing the community with free family-oriented open green spaces.
“The Village Green is the heart of Logan Village and the surrounding suburbs and that’s why it was important that the community was involved in every step of the planning and design of this fabulous new playground,” Cr Koranski said.
“Whether it is young mums and dads from Yarrabilba or retirees in Logan Village with their grandkids, the Village Green and new playground is perfect for a fun family day out.
“The new facilities reflect the area’s history, its natural environment and its connection to the nearby Logan River.”
Council invested $1.1 million into the upgrade while the project also received $500,000 from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Round 3.
Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz MP, said he was proud of the Federal Government’s investments in City of Logan and the BBRF funding to support the Village Green upgrade was a great example.
“This is a growing community and that is because it is a great community, in a fantastic part of the world. These investments are making sure there is good local parks and green spaces for families and community groups,” Mr Buchholz said.
“It is great to see the nature playground come to fruition, the new and improved cenotaph and all of these upgraded amenities on offer – this is a real boost for the area.
“I look forward to working with Logan City Council and delivering more for this great region, to make a positive difference to our local community.”
The new playground and Village Green upgrade complements works now underway on the Logan Village to Yarrabilba Rail Trail and a new pathway to the Green from the My Home and the River estate.
Those projects are expected to be completed in coming months, weather permitting.