Work is set to begin next week on more than $1.3 million worth of upgrades to the day use area at Bayview Conservation Area, Redland Bay.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the current trailhead entry off German Church Road would be transformed from a vacant grassed area to a family-friendly outdoor recreational destination for residents and visitors.
“Bayview Conservation Area is a well-used and much-loved recreational spot in our city, and these works will provide facilities to support its growing popularity,” Cr Williams said.
“Works are due to start the week beginning 17 July and will include a large covered barbecue area, signage, picnic tables and seating, a bike wash-down area, horse and bike stations, toilets, and access to power and water.
“Access will also be improved with a sealed dual-lane entry and exit road, horse float parking area and sealed car parking.
“This is a major upgrade to one of our City’s most popular draw cards and, weather permitting, we hope the new area will be completed just in time to welcome visitors associated with the Commonwealth Games.”
Cr Williams said the works followed Council’s approval of the Bayview Conservation Area concept plan and the Enhancing the Visitor Experience plan, both of which aimed to deliver on the Bayview Conservation Area Trails Facility Concept and Development Plan, approved by Council in 2015.
“This project will provide improved facilities for all trail users including walkers, runners, mountain bike riders and horse riders,” she said.
“Council will also create a new mountain bike skills area, two new shared-use trails and a new all-abilities access walking trail, with the project to designed to deliver a world-class day use area that will attract trail users from elite sportspeople to families and event organisers.”
Divisional Councillor Julie Talty said all recreational trails would remain open during the seven-month construction period unless otherwise signed, though some access points would be affected.
“The current vehicle access trail off German Church Road will be closed but alternate entry points from this road will be available, with parking outside the reserve entry,” Cr Talty said.
“Entries to trails from Days Road, Kidd Street and Teviot Road will not be affected – however we do ask those accessing Bayview Conservation Area through these points be respectful of neighbouring properties when parking.”
Kidd Street and German Church Road parking points have space for trailers.