Playground and recreation hub taking shape at Illich Park

Date published: 28 May 2020

Townsville City Council is constructing an exciting new playground as part of a multi-million dollar upgrade of Illich Park in Aitkenvale.

Deputy Mayor and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Mark Molachino said kids will have access to a wide range of swings and slides.

“It’s great to see the playground taking shape at Illich Park, it includes a see-saw, a double swing and an amusement net – it also has a soft fall base which will reduce the risk of injuries if kids fall over,” Cr Molachino said.

“A new shade sail will mean it can be used throughout the day and additional lights will give kids have more time to enjoy the swings when the sun sets.

“The recreation area also includes picnic shelters, seats and electric BBQs so it will be a great spot for families.

"The best part is kids won't have to wait long to test the swings - the playground will be finished next month.

“The new playground will also have new CCTV for added security."

The project is being delivered with $5 million funding from the Federal Government’s Community Development Grants Programme.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he was pleased to see the project taking shape.

“The Community Development Grants Programme has been a key way of providing much-needed funding to local organisations to build critical infrastructure and amenities,” Mr Thompson said.

“The safety of our community is a priority for me so I’m glad security cameras will be part of this new playground.”

Local councillor Maurie Soars said the new recreation space will also bring more sports to the park.

“The project includes funding for fitness equipment, a basketball half court and drinking fountains,” Cr Soars said.

“Illich Park is best known as the long-time home of Centrals ASA rugby league club so these facilities will cement its reputation as a sporting and recreational hub.

"We're putting 32 new parking bays on Elizabeth Street to cater for more people.”

Cr Molachino said the works in the area will also improve drainage at the park and on nearby streets.

“Workers are onsite at the moment excavating an area for a 65 megalitre detention basin which is an important part of this project,” Cr Molachino said.

“The basin will improve storm water management in the area and it will connect to a $1 million drainage line Council built last year that feeds into the channel in Aitkenvale Park.

“I’d like to thank the Federal Government for their support, I’m sure the upgraded park and drainage will be welcomed by local residents.”