Gold Coast City unveils plans for visionary parkland development

GOLD COAST City Council has unveiled a Master Plan for the first stage of a visionary parkland development for Robina and Merrimac.

Ten-years ago the city acquired 225 hectares of land, stretching from Carrara to Robina, and has since planted 45,000 trees in the area.

Artist images of the intended first stage of what will be known as Robina Parklands were released on Saturday morning, revealing 20-hectares of family-friendly adventure.


The $5 million redevelopment will include an all-ages and all-abilities playground featuring tall towers, slides, climbing walls and a wet play area, along with an adventure playground with a flying fox, balance beams and running trails.

Robina Parklands adventure playground. Image: Supplied

A pedal park will be established, complete with traffic signals, signs, bridges and terrain to help young people develop their bike-riding skills.

While a children’s ball sports field will also be included.

Central to parts of the parkland, which will be 20 per cent larger than the Broadwater Parklands, will be a Community Lawn. This will be utilised for ticketed events, along with free community events, such as movie nights and markets.

The Master Plan for Robina Parklands includes a large lawn area. Image: Supplies

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the space will “ensure future generations had abundant recreational green spaces”.

“Our city is growing at a rapid pace. High-quality, well maintained open space and parklands is vital,” the Mayor said.

“We are now finalising detailed design plans for the first stage of this project,” he explained.

“The Robina project will need to be funded over several financial years but it is great we are now in a position to finalise the designs.”

Other stages will undergo detail impact assessment including further hydrology studies.

“Council will be presented with the results of the report but early indications are that we can achieve what is needed in that area, without impacting the Mudgeeraba floodplain,” he said.

The masterplan will be finished by the end of this calendar year.