Lagoon shaping up to rival Brisbane's South Bank beach
THE pools and wading areas are full and the "finishing touches" have started on Ipswich's South Bank, Robelle Lagoon, at Springfield Central.
Mind you the final makeovers are still a massive job.
They include artificial turf, further landscaping, shade sails, remaining pathways, barbecue areas and creation of a dry, rock-lined gully.
But works are on track for a September 5 opening.
Springfield-based councillor David Morrison said Robelle Lagoon would be a family destination to rival Brisbane's South Bank.
"It will become one of the most popular public open spaces in south-east Queensland," Cr Morrison confidently predicted.
"It will attract visitors from all over the south-east."
The Lagoon now holds 2.75 million litres of water, stretching over 3,500sqm.
A kiosk/lifeguards and administration building at the entrance together with a twin building to house the massive filtration system are half the size of the ground floor of the nearby GE Building.
The $13 million project has created 85 jobs over the 18 months of construction and involved 29,000 plants.
The lagoon has three main areas:
A multi-level area from 300-600mm depth
Main body which has up to 1.5m depth with depth markers and features a 50m lane to one side
An elongated tail separated from the main area by a footbridge for toddlers with a 300mm average depth featuring play areas such as water squirts, stepping stones, concrete beaches, water running over rocks, wading and exploration areas
Unlike South Bank, there will be no sand at Robelle Lagoon with artificial turf surrounding the lagoon areas. Terraced turf areas overlook the main lagoon with umbrellas and barbecue areas further down the parkland.
"We went with artificial grass firstly for health reasons," Cr Morrison said.
"Sand brings a lot of health issues, and also there are safety issues with broken glass and syringes and sand causes problems for the filtration."
The Lagoon precinct links directly to Springfield Central Railway Station through the Town Square pedestrian thoroughfare at Orion. Retails stores including Cold Rock Ice Creamery and restaurants on the ground floor of the GE Building will lead out to the Lagoon precinct.
Security and creative lighting also surround the lagoon precinct.
Safe City cameras will also have speakers attached to them for announcements from the monitoring room in central Ipswich where security can also control lighting at the Lagoon.
As with all council swim centres, children under 12 must be supervised at all times by an adult.
The Opening on September 5 with Laurie Lawrence will coincide with USQ's Springfest with an outdoor evening concert at Robelle Domain featuring the Beachie Boys.