Petition produces popular park makeover

Ms Rush with her children and Cr Brennan at the Cooroy Apex Park

The popular Apex Park in Cooroy is in the midst of a major makeover as Sunshine Coast Council installs new fencing and playground equipment, and creates a better use of space for community events.
Division 12 Councillor Lew Brennan said this makeover was a great example of what happens when the community and council work together.
“After receiving a petition to improve the park from Cooroy residents, and in consultation with council staff, I secured $85,000 in funding for this revamp,” Cr Brennan said.
“Council presented three design options for the community to choose and the most popular playground design is now being installed.”
Stage 1 of the makeover was completed last month with the removal of old fencing and new playground fencing installed.
The fencing was rearranged to include the total playground footprint – all the playground equipment is now in the fenced area instead of just some elements.
“This rearrangement also provides more green open space in the park that will better cater for large events like Carols in the Park,” Cr Brennan said.
Cooroy resident Kate Rush, who presented the petition to Cr Brennan, was delighted with council’s response.
“My aim was for council to make better use of the current park layout and get some new play equipment for local kids,” Ms Rush said.
“The petition presented several ideas to council to achieve this and I am delighted by the outcome. I look forward to seeing the completed makeover.”
In February work will start on Stage 2 which sees the old playground upgraded to include a multi-age climbing structure and the relocation of existing play elements into the new fenced play area, a large double slide climbing structure to suit all ages, multi-level play elements, tunnels, climbers and activity panels.
Additional trees will also be planted to provide park goers with more protection from the sun.
“This makeover is a great example of how council and the community can work together and I look forward to working with the community to progress all of their visions for this park, including an upgrade of the amphitheatre and public amenities,” Cr Brennan said.