A recent survey of more than 2000 Gold Coast residents and visitors has shown most of us visit our favourite park at least once a week – but we also want more ‘destination’ parks, more shade and more restroom facilities.
The survey also found that 7-out-of-10 Gold Coasters travel more than five minutes to get to their favourite park, with many visiting parks for health or physical activity reasons.
Master planned, destination parks such as Broadwater Parklands, Botanic Gardens and Palm Beach Parklands rated highly. And survey respondents said they were willing to walk, cycle, drive or catch public transport to enjoy high quality, open spaces with features like great playgrounds, water play and picnic nodes.
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In a clear sign that Gold Coasters love their parks, 6-out-of-10 of locals surveyed said they were either very or extremely satisfied with Gold Coast parks.
Mayor Tom Tate said the City of Gold Coast had reviewed feedback from the survey and identified three main areas for the council to focus on moving forward.
“We’re investing $77.3 million in 2016-17 into parks, maintaining and protecting our open public spaces and creating new parks for everyone to enjoy.
“The first is the creation of more high quality “destination” parks as an alternative to the beach or hinterland, particularly in the high population growth areas of the city. The development of local parks will focus on pedestrian linkages and high quality grassed areas and trees for amenity and shade,” he said.
“Shade is incredibly important to you and we’ve listened – we’ll plant 1000 more trees in our parks, streets and playgrounds in the next 12 months.
“We will also invest around $2 million over the next year to better meet community expectations for restroom facilities in our parks,” said the Mayor.
The City provides over 2200 parks, 380 barbecues, 250 public toilets, 250km of walking / cycle paths, 720 picnic shelters, 200 sporting clubs and 250 sporting fields.
The ‘Parks are for everyone’ public online survey ran between 18 August and 9 September on the GC Have Your Say website. The full report can be viewed at: http://www.gchaveyoursay.com.au/parks