Parks and Open Spaces

On the Fraser Coast we have over 100 parks, gardens, playgrounds and recreational areas. We know these spaces are well-loved by the community for their recreational and day to day activities.

Council is committed to continuously maintaining and improving our parks and open spaces to make sure these spaces are beautiful and valuable public spaces for the community and visitors. The Fraser Coast is dedicated to providing parks and open spaces that are safe and enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities - to support an active and healthy lifestyle.

This project page is to collaborate with the community in obtaining their feedback on parks and open spaces projects, inviting the community to contribute their ideas to new facilities or the replacement of ageing infrastructure.

A number of parks and open spaces projects are planned for each year. The community are encouraged to have their say in shaping these spaces, including, community feedback on playground equipment, functionality and other assets.

These projects will be listed frequently on this page throughout the year.

Feedback on ESA Park has now closed

Thank you for your feedback on ESA Park playground equipment.

Survey Open Now! ESA Park Playground Upgrade

7/12/21 - Help us choose the new play equipment for ESA Park Playground. (Survey closes Friday 7 January 2022 - 11:55pm)

ESA Park - Playground Upgrade

The Gables and ESA Park is located on the Esplanade between Aplin and Flinders Streets, Point Vernon. ESA Park provides playground, BBQ and toilet facilities - with easy access to the beach and tidal rock pools. 

The playground is a popular park for family gatherings and children's parties - as parents and grandparents can relax as their children play. 

The existing playground was built several years ago and due to its popularity and exposed site it now requires an upgrade.

As part of the playground upgrade a portion of the infrastructure will be removed and replaced with new equipment.

Council recently sort feedback from the community on the new equipment - to help choose the equipment that you/ your children/ grandchildren would like to play on.

This consultation has now closed - we are now evaluating the feedback from the community to pick the option for the park upgrade.


Point Vernon Park - Proposed Pedestrian Access

Providing safe, enjoyable and accessible facilitis for all park users.

Council have been carrying out maintenance and improvements to the facilities at Vernon Park, and as part of this process, we have engaged consultants to design a suitably accessible pathway from the Esplanade to the Park to facilitate enjoyable use of the Park by people of all ages and abilities.

Council is now in receipt of this design which provides an accessible pathway solution for park users comprising the following:

  1. Connection from existing pathway at the Esplanade and transition to the new pathway into Point Vernon Park
  2. Accessible circulation route through Point Vernon Park to section of path providing users access to view of Hervey Bay
  3. Lighting and landscaping is also included in the design proposal.

Benefits identified as a result of the project include:

  • Compliant and accessible pathway for people of all abilities to use
  • Specific ramp to facilitate people with disabilities including allowances for people in wheelchiars and people using ambulant walking aids
  • Lighting design to esnure clear visibility and safe night-time use of pathway
  • Landscaping design to soften the immediate impact of the new structure and accelerate natural integration of the new pathway with its environment.

Community Engagement

The design proposal can be downloaded from the document library, above right.

Council held a community information session at the park Tuesday 26 October 2021 to offer you the opportunity to provide valuable feedback on our proposed pathway development, as well as offering a short survey, and the ability to contact us directly via email at openspace& The survey and the opportunity for feedback closed on 2 November 2021.

Next Steps...

We are now considering your feedback and making any recommended changes to the design proposal.

We expect works will commence Feb 2022 and be complete by April 2022.


Anzac Park Cheapside Street additional car parking infrastructure

Meeting the demand for more car parking

The recent developments and improvements to the facilities at Anzac Park, with upgrades to play and exercise equipment, new shelters with picnic tables and our most recent development being the SplashSide Water Park, created a demand for more car parking.

Council engaged consultants to report on car parking requirements for the area to provide a solution to the car parking shortfall up to and including the year 2039 as follows:

Existing large car park – resurfacing works, new line marking and provision of a dedicated service bay

Cheapside Street on-street parking – new line marking to allocate dedicated car parking spaces on Cheapside Street

New carparking – a new car park is proposed for Anzac Park accessed from Cheapside Street located in close proximity to SplashSide Water Park.

Benefits to the Community included:

  • Sufficient car parking facilities addressing forecasted community demand until 2039
  • Compliant and accessible car parking for people of all abilities to use
  • Space for ice cream van/ hot food vans to provide break out options for users of the park facilities
  • Dedicated on-street parking provides for a safe and controlled parking arrangement.

Community Engagement

We held an information session at the park on 28 September 2021 and provided a "have your say" survey, to offer the opportunity to provide valuable feedback on our proposed car parking upgrades and development. 

Final Design Anzac Park Carparking

After considering the feedback from the local community, Council floated several alternative designs and adopted the designs which can be found in the Anzac Park car parking designs in the Document Library on this page. Construction on these car parks will commence in the new year, and will be complete in mid-2022.


Pines Park - Purple Playground, Esplanade, Pialba

The iconic Pines Park Playground, locally known as the 'Purple Park', was built more than 10 years ago and, due to its popularity and exposed site, it now requires some maintenance.

As part of the playground renovation a portion of the 'purple play' equipment will be removed and replaced with something new.

Council sought feedback from the community on the new equipment to help us choose the equipment that you/ your children/ grandchildren would like to play on. We had three design options for the community to choose from.

This survey has now closed. After reviewing the feedback, Council choose Option Two as per the Community's preferered choice.