Concept revealed for new Botanic Gardens playground

Published on 20 April 2022

2022 04 20 Barry O'Rourke and Mayor Williams at Botanic Playground announcement

A trip to the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Zoo is set to become even better for families – with exciting plans unveiled today for a renewed playground inspired by our own zoo animals. 

The project is supported by the Queensland Government, with $1.4 million in funding provided through the Works for Queensland program.

Local Member for Rockhampton, Barry O’Rourke said the investment in community infrastructure helps to create employment and great community projects.

“The Rockhampton Regional Council has been allocated more than $43.1 million for community infrastructure projects through the job-creating Works for Queensland and COVID Works for Queensland programs,” he said.

“Families and also visitors to the region will stay, and in this case play even more, which will be another long-term booster to our economy.”

Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams announced that the tender for the new playground has been awarded to Urban Play – the same company which designed the award-winning Wyatt’s Wonder Web in Kershaw Gardens and the Fitzroy Adventure Playground.

“This new playground is going to be an incredible addition to one of our region’s most beloved attractions,” Mayor Williams said.

“Kids of all ages and abilities will have more than 500 play elements to choose from, including pieces inspired by some familiar faces at the zoo like Valkyrie the wedge-tail eagle, Henry the emu, Ernie the dingo and our chimp troop.

“Now that the concept has been endorsed we’ll be kicking into detailed design and construction, and hope to have the new playground open ahead of the Christmas holidays.”

Parks Councillor Cherie Rutherford said she knows that families will be thrilled to see the concepts drawn up for the new playground.  

“The Botanic Gardens is such a wonderful place for the whole family to visit,” Cr Rutherford said.

“This project will go above and beyond replacing the existing equipment that is end of life.

“This is about creating a truly special place for our community and visitors – one that really reflects our region.

“I know that kids are absolutely going to love seeing some of their favourite faces from the zoo reflected in this design, and the equipment will include rich play options for children of all ages and abilities.”

Artist renditions of the new playground can be found here: