Get a First Look at These Brisbane Parks’ Improvements

Jamboree Heights Parks, the Phil Denman Park at Loffs Road, and the nearby Newcomb Park in Riverhills recently received some much needed upgrades.

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Following months of construction, Phil Denman Park’s toilet block is now complete. Councillor for Jamboree Ward Sarah Hutton announced the completion of the new toilet block in July 2021.

“I am committed to continuing these brilliant park upgrades. Having three boys that play in these parks and compete on local sporting fields, I understand how valuable these projects are for our community and I will be advocating for more,” said Cr Hutton.

Locals are happy to see these upgrades, with one mum even saying it was the only thing lacking in the park before. The Phil Denmark Park is conveniently located near schools and offers plenty parking spaces.

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Photo credit: Matthew/Google Maps
Photo credit: Matthew/Google Maps

Located at the end of Beanland Street, Phil Denman Park is like a hidden gem featuring a playground for a variety of ages, a half and a full-size basketball court, a learn-to-bike facility, a rebound wall, dog parks, and a picnic shelter.  There is something for kids of all ages–there are the lower play areas for the little ones and there are more challenging climbing rigs for the bigger children.

Newcomb Park

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Like the Phil Denman Park, the Newcomb Park in Riverhills has been upgraded with a brand new shelter and BBQ, making it a great addition to the Riverhills Pontoon.

“Another perfect place in our local area to enjoy a short pit stop after a walk along the river, or to picnic with friends and family… after lockdown of course,” Cr Hutton wrote in a Facebook post.

Newcomb Park, located at 529 Summers Road, currently features accessible toilets, shelter, water, river views, wheelchair access, bikeway/walkway, BMX dirt jumps, and skating and rollerblading facilities.

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Photo credit: Wendy Santana/Google Maps

“Really lovely little family park. Bit of everything crammed into a small space. Slides, swings etc. for the little ones, a scooter area, bmx track, basketball court and exercise area. A short walk away is a dog park and a public launch by the river,” said local Cobus van Wyk.

These upgrades are part of the $71 million allocated to parks in the Brisbane City Council 2020-21 budget aimed at building new playgrounds, picnic areas, shade trees, and other facilities across the suburbs. The Council manages over 2,100 parks, including suburban parklands and conservation areas.

There’s Magic at the End of Beanland Street in Jamboree Heights

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At the end of Beanland Street in Jamboree Heights lies the suburb’s best-kept secret. It may look like a dead end for visitors, but locals know exactly that a beautiful piece of nature can be unraveled if one is curious enough to push ahead.

Phil Denman Park is a new park that boasts of modern equipment. The playground has some pretty cool features that you won’t see in most playgrounds today. It has four forts on different levels with bridges, a fireman pole, enclosed and double slides act as the entry and exit points to the forts. It also has monkey bars and some climbing frames.

For younger children who still can’t operate the monkey bars and climbing frames, there are smaller slides, swings and other sensory play equipment on the ground level that they can play with.

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The fun for kids doesn’t stop when you walk away from these awesome equipment. Beyond that area lies sports heaven. There are cricket nets, a half court basketball court as well as a rebound wall. Your kids can ride their bikes on the shared pathway from Loffs Road through to Beanland Street.

There is also an open, grassy area where kids can run wild whilst parents sit down and enjoy a good book. The park is also a perfect spot for Sunday picnics with the whole family.