‘The People’s Park’ officially opens

29 February 2016

The city’s landmark Broadwater Parklands reached another milestone today with the Northern Pavilion opening.

“The area is rapidly becoming our signature waterside playground,’’ said Mayor Tom Tate.

“Every week, thousands of residents and visitors enjoy the parklands which stretch from Sundale Bridge right through to the pavilion area.

“To me, this is the People’s Park.’’

The finishing touches are being made to the redevelopment of Stage 3, which adds an extra 3.5 hectares of recreational space on the Broadwater.

The $10.5 million expansion completes Stage 3 of the City’s vision for development of Broadwater Parklands, which began in 2008.

Mayor Tom Tate, Gold Coast Waterways Authority Chairman Mara Bún (representing Ports Minister Mark Bailey), CEO, Hal Morris, and Divisional Councillor Dawn Crichlow, today unveiled a plaque on the new pavilion to celebrate the milestone.

“This new green space, recreation facilities and two new community buildings will be a valuable asset for our city for years to come”, said Cr Tate.

“Broadwater Parklands is now a world-class venue and will be showcased internationally during Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) when the triathlon and marathon are held right here.”

“The completion of Stage 3 will make the Broadwater more accessible for boaties, with a new home for the fishing club, a four-lane boat ramp, pontoons, more parking and an improved navigation channel,” said Ms Bún.

“We’ve also worked really hard to improve the environmental values of the Broadwater throughout the project by planting thousands of square metres of seagrass” she said.

The second new building, an environmental educational shelter, will be used for coastal education programs, school and community groups.

The Stage 3 development is being undertaken as a GC2018 legacy project. 

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