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Council revises budget to improve Lions Park shade

Gladstone Regional Council will revise its budget to fund extra shade for the redeveloped Lions Park, in addition to existing shade structures and landscape plans involving the planting of more than 150 trees between six and 30 metres tall when fully matured.

The park, which will now officially open on Saturday December 16, is practically completed but fine tuning of the layout involving new turf and plants was delayed earlier this week due to rain.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said Council has listened to community feedback and acted accordingly. 

“We have looked at options to address the issue and Council has approved a budget revision to fund artificial shading for two large playground areas which should not conflict with the growing tree canopies,” Councillor Burnett said.

The cost to fully install the two structures has been estimated at up to $200,000.

Councillor Cindi Bush said the usual procurement process would have to be undertaken but it should be possible to have the shade structures in place by early March.

“With the landscape design incorporating 150 trees varying in height from six metres to 30 metres when fully grown, as well as artificial shade, this park will offer both comfort and a wonderful play experience for everyone who visits into the future,” Cr Bush said.

She encouraged the community to attend the opening on Saturday week and experience first hand how the design works. 

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