Open space, parks and recreation

Outcome (goal): To encourage wellbeing, creativity and enjoyment of the outdoors so that people become more active and healthy.

Individual theme elements Indicator (strategy) High level targets (actions)
Increase access to recreation facilities and open spaces, including parks and community gardens
  • Support sport and outdoor recreation organisations and encourage them to broaden their activities to attract new participants who are not as athletically inclined: for example, Nordic walking, hiking and non-competitive activities.
  • Provide free access to swimming pools, gyms, fields and other sporting facilities and encourage use by the public of all ages.
  • Invest in active leisure public facilities such as hiking trails and community gardens and provide low cost rentals of boats, bicycles and other equipment.
  • Locate new recreation facilities in low-income neighbourhoods and encourage the use of these facilities.
  • Ensure safety of recreation spaces with good lighting and other Crime Prevention through Environmental Design principles.
  • Develop policies favouring open spaces that can include recreational greenways, including through land acquisition, easements and partnerships with conservation groups.
  • Integrate greenway plans, trails and parks with land use, transport and economic development plans, and advocate for subdivision ordinances that require reserving a portion of land for trails and greenways.
  • Support and facilitate community networks and programs which promote health and wellbeing and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
  • Ensure all public parks and open spaces are accessible, maintained and managed to meet the needs of current and future residents
  • Enact policies that assess the viability and sustainability of redeveloping neglected areas and vacant lots into productive economic and recreational opportunities, including converting vacant lots into community gardens, parks and other green spaces.
  • Develop policies that maintain and create new local parks and pocket parksin close proximity to residents’ homes.
  • Work with the Queensland Government to convert out-of-service rail corridors into trails.
  • Identify potential spaces that could be turned into areas for physical activity, including evaluating the availability of open spaces and developing a common vision for the community’s physical environment (click here).
  • Partner with local businesses to sponsor the cleanup and maintenance of parks, highlighting the partnership at community-wide events held at the parks.
  • Create a public-private partnership with local gyms and recreation facilities to provide lower-income residents with greater access to facilities at a significantly reduced cost.
  • Through joint-use agreements, collaborate with service and volunteer organisations; community-based organisations; and schools to provide recreational activities during after-school hours.
  • Program open space design, re-design and embellishment.
  • Undertake strategic planning for new community and recreation facilities.
  • Ensure plans of management for community land are updated and reflect active living objectives.
  • Program, mange and maintain facilities as per works schedule.
  • Undertake ongoing monitoring of strategic planning exercises and significant Development Assessments.
  • Adopt Desired Standards of Service – Public parks in the Planning Scheme (click here).
  • Review Local Laws to ensure they support the commercial use of parks (click here).
  • Adopt a community garden program (click here).
  • Acquire funding for parks, trails and greenways (click here).