New park launch lights up Ripley sky

Ipswich residents flocked to the community’s new Spear Lily Park on Friday for an evening of lasers and lions in celebration of the park’s much-anticipated launch.

The event saw more than 500 people come together to enjoy an array of food trucks and a moonlit screening of The Lion King, before being mesmerised by a magical laser light and hologram show.

The latest of four major parklands to open to the public in Ecco Ripley, Spear Lily Park features panoramic views of the region out to Flinders Peak and more than 21,000 native trees, shrubs and ground coverings.

Ipswich City Council and Ecco Ripley developer Sekisui House worked together to ensure the park also incorporated several cultural heritage elements in recognition of the site’s Indigenous history.

Sekisui House Queensland state sales manager Scott Blaney explains.

“We have integrated a series of sandstone carvings, as well as Indigenous way-finding totem poles and a bush tucker trail for the community to enjoy,” Mr Blaney said.

“The name of the park itself pays homage to the spear lily, a native plant commonly used as a food source for Indigenous Australians, and a plant that is featured significantly throughout the park.”

The park’s launch coincided with the fourth land release in Ecco Ripley’s Lighthaven neighbourhood.

Check out the Spear Lily Park launch video below.

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