Glass House Mountains to have its own District Park

AROUND 38 hectares of green space in Glass House Mountains is set to become the first District Park for that part of the Sunshine Coast.

Council has endorsed a landscape plan for eight hectares of Glass House District Park which combines Glass House Mountains Environmental Reserve, Page Park, Dana Close Reserve, Smerdon Way Park and Banskia Park and will become a showpiece for the whole Sunshine Coast to enjoy, according to Division One Councillor Rick Baberowski.

"The endorsement of this landscape plan, which was identified as a key objective in council's Open Space Strategy, will help establish the environmental reserves, recreational reserve and associated parks as the Glass House District Park," Cr Baberowski said.

"Unfortunately until now, Glass House Mountains did not have a district level park - a situation that can occur when a community evolves slowly and is not masterplanned.

"In its last term, council acquired a key parcel of land that gave us an opportunity to provide an important link to the environmental reserves which previously had little use.

"Thanks to the community input we have received and the work undertaken by council, we now have an endorsed landscape plan which will see Glass House District Park become a very important addition to our public park network here on the Sunshine Coast.

"This part of the Coast is an important tourist destination, but we needed a space like this one to help us realise our potential.

"I'm sure it will become one of those 'must see' places for locals and visitors and will be a hub for community events and get-togethers."

The objectives of the landscape plan include retaining the spaciousness of Glass House District Park as a defining characteristic and celebrating the impact of nearby Mt Tibrogargan by providing shade trees and benches where visitors can relax and enjoy ancient views.

New tree plantings will focus on species that will mature in size to become iconic features of the park and will also incorporate forest food tree species.

To be implemented over multiple stages, the landscape plan contains a pathway and trail network including a boardwalk and bridges, shelter and barbecue facilities, an amenities building, playground, car park, potential dog off-leash area and interpretive signage.

The proposed pathway network avoids dissecting the open expanses of lawn where possible, with the exception of providing access to the key activity hub.

The play equipment and park furniture will be at a scale which is appropriate to the park, allowing for increased activity.

The Glass House District Park has been allocated $1.8 million in council's Capital Works Program with further funding to be sought from external sources such as State and Federal government grants to fully implement the landscape plan.

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