Fielding Park in Redland Bay is set to become more accessible to a range of users following a Redland City Council decision to design and construct a sealed car park there.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said construction was expected to be completed before July 2021.
“This investment is part of our $981,100 Community Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Recovery Program, which will see upgrades to sports and community facilities across the city,” Cr Williams said.
“Our sports clubs and community groups have been impacted by the COVID pandemic, so this funding will help them get back to doing what they do best, supporting our community.”
Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said that Fielding Park was a popular community park that attracted locals and visitors due to its peaceful natural surrounds and adjacent sporting and recreation facilities.
“The park itself is home to the Weinam Creek wetlands, featuring a network of walking and cycling paths and nature play facilities designed to connect youngsters to their natural environment,” he said.
“Being in a low lying area, the carpark will need to meet high planning, design and construction standards so the $442,600 allocated includes significant contingency that may not all be needed.
“The Redlands Salad Bowl Community Garden is currently being built in this park and facilities at adjacent parks include the Redland Bay Men’s Shed, a dog off-leash park, a sports field used for regular soccer games, basketball half court and skate park as well a toilet amenities.”
Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said the growing precinct extended across School of Arts Road to Beechwood and John Edward Downie parks, with a bus stop in between.
“As you can imagine, all these community facilities attract a lot of visitors, making off-street parking to provide safe access to this precinct increasingly important,” Cr Talty said.
“The south of our city is home to new families moving to the Redlands and this investment will ensure they can enjoy all the great recreational areas on offer.”