Gladstone Regional Council unveiled the $1.6 million redevelopment of Barney Point Foreshore on August 27, 2014.
The Barney Point foreshore parkland upgrade and enhancement project included additional landscaping of the area, installation of new park furniture and barbecue facilities, revised car park layouts and construction of beach access ramps and new pathways to cater for family and group gatherings.
A feature of the upgraded parkland includes the installation of a new Smart Playground, the very first of its type in Australia.
The Smart Playground combines play structures designed around popular children's fairy tales The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling with modern technology via a free downloadable app 'Play Gate'.
On March 4, 2014, Council announced Boyd's Bay Landscaping Pty Ltd as the successful tenderer for the project.
A ground breaking ceremony was hosted by Council at the parkland on March 10, 2014, and construction on the project began on April 7, 2014.
Public consultation for the parkland redevelopment project, carried out by Council between December 3, 2012 and January 25, 2013, indicated a majority of the community supported the redevelopment of the Barney Point Park area.