Koalas and dinosaurs come out to play

If you should go down to the park during the holidays you’re in for a big surprise because you just might find Logan’s own giant koala to play with, and spy a dinosaur skeleton … but don’t disturb the baby eggs!

These are just come of the fun things to find in new look play areas at Alexander Clark Park in Loganholme and Riverdale Park in Meadowbrook thanks to a cash splash of almost $10 million across the two parks. At Alexander Clark Park the staged upgrade includes water play equipment, a flying fox, slides and swings, a volleyball court and a basketball court. There is also a circular track for bikes, scooters and rollerblading, a sensory garden, shade sails, park shelters and new furniture.

The cute koala is almost five metres high and the massive play tower is the focal point of the park. Division 10 Councillor Miriam Stemp said the inspiration for the tower came from the koalas that live in the bush areas of the park.

“We wanted to include a feature in the park design and the tower reminds us of how lucky we are to live with koalas in suburbia,” Cr Stemp said. The park is on Dewar Drive at Loganholme adjacent to Logan River and the final stage of the upgrade will include additional parking and toilet facilities.

Meanwhile students from Loganlea High School’s Year 9 Signature Class can take credit for inspiring the mammoth Jurassic makeover at Riverdale Park in Meadowbrook. They were invited by City Lifestyle Committee Chair and Division 6 Councillor Tony Hall to be ‘Councillors for a Day’ and help decide the theme as a school exercise last year.

The new adventure playground includes dinosaur-shaped climbing structures and themed play equipment, a fossil digging area, play tower and tunnel slides, trampoline, climbing net and log steppers.

The upgrade also includes a large fitness hub, new shelters, park furniture, barbecues, and shade sails in extensive new landscaped gardens.

“The students from Loganlea High School did a fantastic job in deciding a theme which makes Riverdale Park as memorable as it is enjoyable,” Cr Hall said.

Riverdale Park is at the end of Armstrong Road in Meadowbrook. It also features a parkrun course, a duck pond, picnic rotundas, large open lawn spaces and access to the Logan River.

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