Three-storey, $1 million mega playground to be built
UPDATE: PLANS have progressed for a new million-dollar, three-storey, mega playground at Orion Springfield Central with a development application now before Ipswich City Council.
The plans were submitted by Mirvac on May 15 and show a basic layout for the park and its location - opposite the Orion Lagoon.
The plans show three trampolines, a large webbed climbing apparatus and two large, elevated slides.
There is also a smaller play space for younger children and benches for seating.
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INITIAL: A $1 MILLION children's play area with climbing ropes, slides and swings will be built next to Orion Lagoon at Springfield.
The three-storey playground will be built on Ipswich City Council-owned land at 130 Southern Cross Circuit.
The council will enter into a five-year agreement with Mirvac, owners of Springfield Central, to lease the site for $1 per annum.
In exchange, Mirvac will cover the cost of installing the play equipment, believed to be worth about $1 million.
In a report provided to councillors this week, it was recommended the council agree to the playground, with no immediate use planned for the vacant site.
"Given the high profile location, Mirvac has approached council to replace the existing playground equipment with a highly interactive children's' soft and hard playground equipment," the report read.
"It is anticipated that the addition of this playground equipment will be well received by the community and heavily utilised."
Councillor Cheryl Bromage was concerned about children running across the road between Orion Lagoon and the proposed playground.
The road, which has a speed limit of 40km/h, will be monitored for increased pedestrian traffic.