Silver Jubilee Park a gold winner for community

The city’s newest park – Silver Jubilee Park at Spring Mountain – is now open.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding and Division 2 Councillors Paul Tully and Nicole Jonic joined Lendlease representatives in April to celebrate the official opening of the new $13 million recreational park.

Designed by Vee design, the 14.4-hectare recreational space located at 7002 Russell Luhrs Way, offers residents and visitors a multiuse sporting field incorporating two contact rugby fields or alternatively one AFL field.

The space also includes six dedicated basketball and netball hard courts as well as shaded picnic and barbeque areas, a kid’s adventure playground, toddlers play area, amenity block and ample parking.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said Silver Jubilee was a great addition to Ipswich’s eastern suburbs, joining the more than 550 parks and reserves we currently enjoy across our city.

“Council welcomed the opportunity to be involved with planning oversight and engaging with community organisations to activate this new space,” Mayor Harding said.

“This is a great outcome for our community and shows council’s ongoing commitment to making Ipswich a green, liveable and welcoming city.”

Lendlease Head of Queensland Communities Ian Murray said the park was an important addition for residents and local community providing a welcoming space for families and sports enthusiasts to get outside and be active.

“With a focus on active lifestyle, the park will attract a diverse range of ages and sporting interests, ensuring the ongoing benefits of healthy activity and personal wellbeing,” he said.

“The new recreational space is a perfect place where everyone can come together, create memories, and enjoy the great outdoors.”

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding and Lendlease Head of Queensland Communities, Ian Murray, cut the opening ribbon at the Silver Jubilee park.

Division 2 Councillor Nicole Jonic said that as a parent, she really appreciated the less structured playground areas of the park.

“These areas have been designed to promote social interaction and problem solving through a less structured design that encourages motor skills development, creativity, and imagination,” Cr Jonic said.

“It is a nice contrast to the more traditional sporting courts and adjacent fields.”

Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said it was a well-planned park and the native flora and fauna design was particularly outstanding.

“The feature planting design highlights the great local diversity of species here in Spring Mountain with the planting beds organised in colour groups and filled with native floral plants, which attract the local birds, bees, and other fauna,” Cr Tully said.

“The onsite gully is also filled with native plants that clean and treat overland water, creating important fringe habitats within the park.”

As part of the design, 10 local Ipswich athletes have been honoured throughout the park with the installation of signs dedicated to their sporting careers.

To celebrate the official opening, Springfield Rise hosted a free community event on April 22 with a guest appearance from Australian cricketer, Usman Khawaja, along with 13 local community and sporting groups providing hours of fun and games for the whole family.

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