The Spit to get more parking, shady trees, picnic tables, and park benches in time for Christmas

BETTER parking, improved roads, new picnic tables and park benches and more shady trees will be added to Doug Jennings Park at The Spit just in time for Christmas.

The state government will spend $875,000 upgrading road access, and introducing more formal parking and better traffic management.

The shared footpath will also to be extended to run around the perimeter of the park and new picnic tables and park benches will also be added.


Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said more native trees would also be planted at the park to improve shade.

“Doug Jennings Park sits in a unique position at the southern boundary of the Moreton Bay Marine Park with stunning panoramic views of the Broadwater and ocean and I am delighted to be able to announce the next stage of improvements,” Mr Bailey said.

“The 30 hectare parkland is not only an amazing recreational and environmental resource, but as an attraction it helps contribute to the local economy.”

Doug Jennings Park sign on The Spit

PHOTO: Cam Jackson /

Burleigh Heads civil construction company Hazell Bros will undertake the works, with construction due to start in early September and be completed in time for the busy Christmas-New Year period.

Mr Bailey said the project added to the significant improvements already undertaken by Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA), who are trustees of the park.

“This $875,000 upgrade builds on the previous $4.5 million already invested in the area and highlights the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to maintaining open green spaces as the population grows,” he said.

“The community feedback on the improvements so far has been overwhelmingly positive and more and more visitors are discovering the charms of the park.”

GCWA Chief Executive Officer, Hal Morris, said the government’s investment in Doug Jennings Park would ensure the Coast remained a world-class destination.

“The park is a much-loved area enjoyed by locals and visitors so it’s important that we are delivering what the community wants and needs.

“This is consistent with what the community has told us in previous consultation processes and in feedback through The Spit Masterplan process.

“We are continuing to work closely with key stakeholders as we have throughout every stage of this project. While we will be keeping disruption to a minimum, we appreciate everyone’s patience during the work.”

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