SYD Duncan Park at Lower Beechmont will be transformed into a down to earth hub for people of all ages after the community secured a $6000 Commonwealth grant towards a nature adventure play space.
The community will pitch in $6000 of time and materials towards earthworks for the Lower Beechmont Park Project, which is expected to bring together people of all ages.
The grassy space beside the carpark will be transformed into a natural wonderland with jumping rocks, balancing beams, loose dirt, native trees, a community garden and an open picnic space, with a multi-purpose half-court also to be installed.
The Lower Beechmont Park Project, a sub-committee of the Beechmont Recreation Arts and Sports Association (BRASA), started with local mothers Sara Hicks and Sarah Browning in September 2014.
The pair’s vision to create a nature play space got strong community support through surveys, doorknocking, post box drops and community gatherings in the region.
Now the project is in full flight, bolstered by the $6000 Commonwealth contribution, an additional $10,000 from BRASA and strong support from Gold Coast City Councillor Glen Tozer, with work set to get under way in early June.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz congratulated the Lower Beechmont Park Project committee on its success.
“The vision and enthusiasm these two mothers Sara and Sarah have shown to bring the community together through the Lower Beechmont Park Project is inspiring, and I congratulate them on their success in getting Commonwealth funding,” he said.
“It takes great drive and determination to get a project like this off the ground and I thank them for their efforts, which I know will go a long way to benefiting and unifying the communities of Beechmont and Lower Beechmont.”