A canal-front park in front of Jupiters Gold Coast is set to get a major upgrade in time for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The currently underutilized space on the Gold Coast Highway and T E Peters Drive, known as the Gold Coast Bulletin Centenary Park, will undergo $1 million worth of beautification works that will include a new lawn, a geometric feature grassed mound, seating, pathways, recreational area and a space that could be used as a community stage for events.
Division 10 Councillor Paul Taylor and The Star Entertainment Group Managing Director Queensland, Geoff Hogg, made the joint announcement today. “This will become Broadbeach’s newest open space, providing a beautiful parkland with paths, open spaces, feature lighting, a sculpted ground plane and pavilions,” Cr Taylor said. “It will bring to life an area that has been underutilised for many years, by repurposing the space to provide the ability to accommodate community markets and entertainment.”
Cr Taylor thanked Jupiters Gold Coast for its significant investment. “Jupiters will work with us to design the park and help deliver our Broadbeach Master Plan vision by providing improved connectivity for locals and tourists alike,” Cr Taylor said. “This is about driving a terrific community outcome at no cost to ratepayers and one that will provide a beautiful new space to support activities happening in Broadbeach now and into the future. This land is very prominent and this work will help to reinvigorate the entrance to the Broadbeach precinct.”
Mr Hogg said Jupiters was delighted to have the opportunity to give back to the Broadbeach community. “We’re excited about the chance to create something here that will become a popular space to be enjoyed by future generations,” Mr Hogg said.
Prior to its redevelopment, Jupiters will pay council to rent the park and use the area for construction purposes as the entertainment facility builds a new six-star, all-suite luxury hotel tower as part of its $345 million property transformation. While the park is rented for construction use, the land will be fenced off to house equipment and a site office for the new hotel tower build on Jupiters Island.
Significant trees will be retained and preserved in the park, including the prominent Moreton Bay figs along T E Peters Drive and various species within the parkland. Some trees will need to be removed ahead of construction use, however Jupiters has committed to replacing them with mature trees, including palm trees, as part of the beautification works to the site next year.
“Using the park during construction will help to minimise traffic impacts for canal residents and remove many logistics issues to ensure we will meet our timeline for these works to be completed ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Mr Hogg said.
The park redevelopment will start in December 2017, and reopen in February 2018.