Gold Coast parks to meet tighter design parameters

The Gold Coast’s park facilities and playground equipment will be of the highest standard, with Council yesterday endorsing tighter design parameters for outdoor play spaces in the city.

The new Park Design Guideline (PDG) has been developed to guide park design, ensuring the Gold Coast community is provided with a quality, safe and sustainable public parks network for all residents and visitors to the city.

Lifestyle Chair Hermann Vorster said new design principles would ensure future parks met the highest standards.


“We want to continue to be the best in Australia for beaches, outdoor lifestyle and our parks,’’ he said.

“Safety is the number one priority, followed by accessibility, cost and sustainability.

“Without these guidelines, the City runs the risk of wasting money on inappropriate designs, costly maintenance and a poor overall look for our parks.’’

Key elements of the guideline include design principles, general design guidelines, park categories, key design objectives and park data sheets.

The city has around 2,300 parks, with Council spending $73 million annually on maintaining and upgrading amenities.

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