Naming Anzac Park Water Play and All Abilities Playground

Project Overview

We are excited to see the new Water Play Area and All Abilities Playground at Anzac Park taking shape. Construction of the facility started late last year and is expected to be completed by June 2021.

The water play area and all abilities playground will include a range of features such as a sensory wall, inclusive orbit element, a spoon full of sugar discharge bucket, a trampoline, waterfall, crystal fountains and a hammock.

Other features include stream jets, a roller slide, cosmic cannons, spray jets, sugar cane spray poles, a new shelter with a barbecue, and improved amenities.

Maryborough is famous for our links to Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers and the playground will incorporate elements of the story with the spoon full of sugar bucket and rainbow pathways.

Anzac Park is a popular outdoor space in Maryborough and an all abilities playground and water play area will make it an even more attractive place for residents and visitors.

The Water Play and All Abilities Playground is a joint initiative of the Fraser Coast Regional Council and the Queensland Government.The Queensland Government’s commitment of $3 million through the COVID Works for Queensland program meant the water playground could be done all at once, rather than in stages, and we thank them and Member for Maryborough, Bruce Saunders, for their support.


Council sought suggestions for the naming of the new facility from the community and welcomed ideas for Council consideration. Community members were asked to submit their ideas through this project page.

Submissions closed Friday 5 March 2021 at 11:55pm

New name: "SplashSide"

The new water play area and all-abilities playground at Anzac Park in Maryborough will be named ‘SplashSide’.

At the April General Council Meeting, Council considered a community engagement report on the proposed naming of the soon-to-be completed new water playground at Anzac Park.

Council received more than 100 submissions received via this project page and over 100 informal comments on its Facebook page suggesting names for the new facility, with the top three themes being ‘water’, ‘Mary Poppins’ and the ‘Anzac legacy’.

Council decided to name the new Maryborough playground ‘SplashSide’ in line with the major theme of water, suggestions put forward by a number of local residents and to be consistent with the PortSide, WetSide, SkateSide and AdventureSide facilities.

We thank everyone for their ideas and suggestions and look forwarding to seeing the community enjoying ‘SplashSide’ after it is finished in coming months.

(The media release can be downloaded from the Document Library).

Maryborough water playground to be named ‘SplashSide’

28 April 2021 - The new water play area and all-abilities playground at Anzac Park in Maryborough will be named ‘SplashSide’.

Submissions Now Closed

Submissions have now closed, and a report is being prepared for Council consideration.

  • Park/ Playground Construction

    October 2020 - June 2021

  • Community Engagement - Naming of Park/Playground

    February 2021 - March 2021

  • Engagement Evaluation and Analysis (incl. choosing of name)

    March 2021 - April 2021

  • Park/ Playground Opening (unveiling)

    *TBC June 2021