Gold Coasters love their parks5 December 2016
Most of us visit our favourite Gold Coast park at least once a week and we don’t mind taking a short drive to do so.
Almost 70 per cent of Gold Coasters travel more than five minutes to get to their favourite park, with many visiting parks for health or physical activity reasons, according to a survey of almost 2000 Gold Coast residents and visitors.
Master planned, destination parks such as Broadwater Parklands, Botanic Gardens and Palm Beach Parklands rated highly. Survey respondents were willing to walk, cycle, drive or catch public transport to enjoy high quality, open spaces with features like great playgrounds, water play and picnic nodes.
In a clear sign that Gold Coasters love their parks, almost 60 per cent of people surveyed said they were either very or extremely satisfied with Gold Coast parks.
“As our city grows, the way we use our parks is also changing, so we need to work together to ensure everyone can enjoy them in the future,” said Mayor Tom Tate.
“We’re investing $77.3 million in 2016-17 into parks, maintaining and protecting our open public spaces and creating new parks for everyone to enjoy.
“We have listened to your feedback and identified three main areas of focus.”
The first is the creation of more high quality “destination” parks as an alternative to the beach or hinterland, particularly in the high population growth areas of the city. The development of local parks will focus on pedestrian linkages and high quality grassed areas and trees for amenity and shade.
“We’re determined to continue to satisfy Gold Coasters’ expectations when it comes to our parks. Shade is incredibly important to you and we’ve listened - we’ll plant 1000 more trees in our parks, streets and playgrounds in the next 12 months.
“We will also invest around $2 million over the next year to better meet community expectations for restroom facilities in our parks,” said Cr Tate.
The City provides over 2200 parks, 380 barbecues, 250 public toilets, 250km of walking / cycle paths, 720 picnic shelters, 200 sporting clubs and 250 sporting fields.
The ‘Parks are for everyone’ public online survey ran between 18 August and 9 September on the GC Have Your Say website. The full report can be viewed at: http://www.gchaveyoursay.com.au/parks