CONSTRUCTION is under way on the $6.6m Providence Centre and adjoining District Park off Providence Parade at Ripley.

Providence's District Park features the $3.4 million Splash 'n' Play Water Park, which will be the first water play area of its kind in the Ripley Valley and a major drawcard for families across the region.

It will also feature an adventure playground, barbeques and picnic shelters.

Preparation works started two months ago and a terraced amphitheatre is already taking shape and picnic shelter frameworks have gone up.

The foundations have also been poured on the $3.2 million Providence Centre which will include the sales and information centre, a cafe with alfresco dining and two community meeting rooms that can be booked free of charge, toilets and a parents' room.

Providence Director Michael Khan said the Splash 'n' Play would be open for summer and the new District Park would open in March.

An artist impression of the Providence Centre showing the terraced area now under construction. Photo: Contributed
An artist impression of the Providence Centre showing the terraced area now under construction. Photo: Contributed Contributed

"We are well on track to be finished in time for the hot summer months and residents can't wait to dip their toes in the water," Mr Khan said.

"Our designers, Cardno - Landscape Architecture have created the park with elements of surprise that will keep even the biggest of kids amused.

"Children can race through a maze of aqua arches, 'misty mountains' and giant gushers that spurt water towers unexpectedly from the ground.

"Our bigger kids' zone will have 4m high water features that shoot water down to the ground. Anyone who enters the zone will be certain to get wet - and have a smile on their face."

Mr Khan said there would also be a dedicated toddler water playground with "wiggly" sprayers and mist.

Adjoining Splash'n'Play will be an adventure playground featuring a cableway flying fox, elevated skywalk with enclosed rope bridge, seesaw, swings and a spinner.

Over the next 20 years Providence will be constructed across 670ha, approximately three times the size of Brisbane's CBD land mass and will be the largest single development in the Ripley Valley.

Providence is being developed by Amex Corporation, an Australian family-owned residential development company that has been operating in Queensland for 28 years and has delivered 14 communities.

What's in District Park

Splash 'n' Play:

  •  Maze of aqua arches
  •  "Misty mountains"
  •  4m high water spurts
  •  Toddlers area with "wiggly" sprayers and mist

Adventure Playground:

  •  Cableway flying fox
  •  Elevated skywalk with enclosed rope bridge
  •  Seesaw, swings and a spinner

 

The Splash 'n' Play waterpark at the Providence development in Ripley is well underway. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
The Splash 'n' Play waterpark at the Providence development in Ripley is well underway. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams


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