Climb, fly, hop, skip and jump…
  • Wednesday 26 June 2013

Kids will be flocking to Skippy Park in Landsborough to do this and much more with a climbing net, dual flying fox and timber footbridges among the new play features now ready for enjoyment.

Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski said locals and visitors have been eagerly awaiting the completion of Stage 2 of Sunshine Coast Council’s Skippy Park Natural Play Space Concept Design.

“I am delighted to announce Stage 2 works are now complete and this terrific playground is open and ready for action,” Cr Baberowski said.

“As well as the large rope net climbing equipment, double flying fox and footbridges, the exciting active recreation and rolling landscaping additions to the play space include connecting pathways, gardens and lawns.

“Children love to climb and a playful exploration of the rope nets will bring them joy, knowledge and great satisfaction. While playing they are also exercising and growing their talents as little acrobats.

“These new features extend and complement the Stage 1 works completed in July 2011 which included picnic shelters, barbeques, drinking fountains, innovative landscaping, fencing, drainage and playground equipment.

“The unique Skippy Park play space incorporates both active and natural play features such as climbing trees and stepping stones, as opposed to the now all too common traditional hard infrastructure of plastic castles and standardised play kits.”

When endorsed, future budgets are proposed to deliver additional play elements but will then move more onto active recreational support, signage and road work.

Place Management and Delivery Portfolio Councillor Greg Rogerson said Skippy Park is the outcome of a need identified by the then council for additional district level open spaces to meet the future needs of growing Glass House communities.

“In 2001 Caloundra City Council acquired land on Old Landsborough Road, Landsborough after considering the outcomes of two previous planning studies: the draft Caloundra City Recreation Plan 1995 and the Caloundra City Open Space Plan 1999,” Cr Rogerson said.

“Both studies recognised a growing requirement for additional public space in this local area to be used for sport and recreation.

“As kangaroos were a common sight, locals refer to this park as Skippy Park and it has been a work in progress since late 2009.

“Council has worked closely with the local communities and the new councillor in the further development of the innovative Skippy Park Natural Space Concept Design to ensure the park meets their needs, visions and aspirations now and into the future.”