All-Abilities Playground, Added Amenities Coming to The Gap’s Walton Bridge Reserve

Photo credit: Video still from The Gap Residents' Association/Vimeo

The Gap’s Walton Bridge Reserve is set to see a new all-abilities playground, more shade trees and additional facilities through the upgrade project by the Brisbane City Council.

Construction has begun on the first stage of the upgrade of one of The Gap’s most popular parks in early May 2017. The project worth $1.5 million is aimed at encouraging more people to head outdoors and benefit from the public open spaces.

The all-abilities playground will be particularly beneficial as it will provide playground amenities for children of all ages and abilities. Children with disabilities are often left out of standard playgrounds, therefore missing out on the health benefits of outdoor play. This playground will be a perfect place where able-bodied kids and kids with disabilities can play together.

What to Expect

Stage 1 of the project is expected to be completed by late 2017. The first stage will include the following:

  • All-abilities playground added to the existing play area
  • New picnic shelters
  • New toilet facilities
  • Additional shade trees, garden beds and enhanced landscaping
  • Improvement to the existing Lions Club shelter
  • New wayfinding signs
  • Resurfaced car park areas

Development Plan for the Walton Bridge Reserve Playground:

(Source: Brisbane City Council)

 

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The upgrade project is a result of consultation and input from local resident and The Gap Residents’ Association.

See the video of how the community contributed to developing the plan for the park.

The council recognises the value of the Walton Bridge Reserve as a vibrant space for locals and as a natural reserve. The council is making sure that the construction will have minimal impact on the natural environment.

Part of the project involves revegetating the Fish and Enoggera Creek area. Removal or trees and trimming will also be limited. In cases where trees need to be removed, they will be replaced to maintain the density of the foliage.

During construction, the north-west part of the park will be closed to the public. The Enoggera Creek Bikeway will still be accessible throughout the construction period.