Ferny Grove Will Have a New Aqua Park by Summer 2018

Photo credit: Brisbane City Council

Ferny Grove locals will have another great reason to look forward to summer this year.

Construction of the newest attraction in Ferny Grove is now underway. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk made the announcement that work on the new $1.5 million Ferny Grove Aqua Park has commenced.

“Council is committed to creating more to see and do right across the city and the new Ferny Grove Aqua Park will provide an exciting new destination for the whole family to keep cool,” Cr Quirk said.

“Aqua parks are a feature in Brisbane’s most popular pools and we have now commenced on the city’s newest standalone aqua park that will provide even more lifestyle and leisure opportunities here in Ferny Grove,” he added.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

The construction within the Keperra Picnic Grounds, site of the Ferny Grove Aqua Park development, will feature water-play areas for children of all abilities. The facility will be open to the public for free, in time for summer, in December 2018.

“This new free facility will be a fantastic addition to the Keperra Picnic Grounds, with a range of features including a splash pad, overhead tipping bucket, water cannons, bubblers and jets,” Local Councillor Steven Toomey said

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There will be tiered seating, electric BBQ, new shade trees, additional car parking spaces, and new pathways. In addition, a purpose-made water play bench with tactile activities suited to wheelchairs and toddler will be included.

Ferny Grove Aqua Park
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The key features of the new Ferny Grove Aqua Park are:

  • a level splash pad area which provides access for all
  • elevated waterplay elements including discharge bucket, small tipping buckets, spray tunnel, water cannons, and overhead spray feature
  • 24 ground elements including arch sprays, stream jets, bubblers, misting ground sprayers, and themed sprayers
  • an interactive water table that provides wheelchair access as well as a toddler play area
  • tiered seating walls with new shade trees for viewing of water play area
  • additional picnic facilities with electric BBQ
  • reconfigured car parking including additional car park spaces and mini-bus car parks
  • accessible pathways to provide access from car park to water play, picnic facilities and amenities building.

Construction Impact

To facilitate the construction and for safety, areas like the playground, BBQ and picnic area, and the adjacent park will be closed. Two trees will need to be removed to give way for the Aqua Park development but will be offset in accordance with the offset planting policy of the Council.

A fauna spotter and catcher will also be on-site to relocate any fauna prior to the removal of the said trees. Activities will start at 6:30 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

Keeping up With Growing Number of Visitors

The Ferny Grove Aqua Park was part of a $23 million investment aimed at delivering major upgrades at aquatic centres across the city.

“The number of people visiting Brisbane pools has doubled over the past decade and it is now more important to ensure we have state-of-the-art facilities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy,” adds Cr Quirk.