13 June: Tamborine Mountain's Lions Park has been named as one of Queensland's best playgrounds at an industry awards presentation.
Tamborine Mountain's Lions Park has been named as one of Queensland's best playgrounds at an industry awards presentation.
Scenic Rim Regional Council's nature play space, co-designed with Playscape Creations and Mode Design, was a joint winner in the under $500,000 playground category of the Regional Excellence Play and Leisure Australia Awards.
Mayor Greg Christensen said the award recognised the importance of playgrounds as an essential part of infrastructure within the region.
"The broad appeal of Lions Park has been a proven success in Council's goal of delivering healthy and active lifestyle opportunities for our Scenic Rim residents and visitors," he said.
Features of the park include carved timber butterfly totem poles, a dry creek bed, scramble net, tri-tramp net, an embankment slide, a fallen tree and an inclusive swing seat which promotes truly accessible play.
The park was jointly funded by Scenic Rim Regional Council and the Lions Club of Tamborine Mountain which contributed $45,000, including a State Government grant.
"It was important for the design of the play space to embody the natural surrounds, while utilising sustainable materials and natural components which have lengthy lifespans," Cr Christensen said.
"We thank the Lions Club for their efforts in creating the fallen tree which allows children to climb and enhance sensory education through play."
The Lions Park will be in the running for the National Play and Leisure Australia Award to will be announced on 29 October at a gala event in Perth.