Waterlea’s new Village park is now open.
Waterlea’s exciting new $700,000 train-themed park and playground at Walloon, west of Ipswich is now open.
The park was officially opened to the public on 7 April 2021 by Cr Kate Kunzelmann at a family fun morning attended by 1,200 members of the community.
The park takes its inspiration from the Walloon train station and is within walking distance of all homes at Waterlea.
A bright red wooden steam engine and three carriages is set to delight youngsters of all ages along with a multi-level castle, climbing net, flying fox and a learn-to-ride bike track complete with road signs.
Waterlea development manager James Betts said the beautifully landscaped area is a valuable addition to the thriving new community.
“At Waterlea we are committed to creating a well-connected, family-friendly community centred around an active and healthy lifestyle,’’ Mr Betts said.
“The new park exemplifies that vision and we are thrilled to be able to acknowledge at the same time the historical significance of Walloon train station, which has been an intrinsic part of life in the wider community here since 1865.
“The playground will inspire young imaginations while its expansive landscaped areas spanning more than 5,880 square metres features an abundance of kick-about space as well as provide a perfect venue for family gatherings.’’
The new park is on Parkland Drive.
The park will complement a future corridor of major playgrounds, barbecue and community facilities, and fitness stations linked by tree-lined paths, all following a waterway through the heart of Waterlea.