Works have commenced on the city’s newest water playground with the Lord Mayor today marking the start of construction for the $1.5 million facility in Ferny Grove.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Brisbane City Council’s Ferny Grove Aqua Park would feature water-play areas for children of all abilities to enjoy and would be completed in time for the summer holidays.

“Council is committed to creating more to see and do right across the city and the new Ferny Grove Aqua Park will provide an exciting new destination for the whole family to keep cool,” Cr Quirk said.

“Brisbane has an enviable outdoor lifestyle and we continue to see record numbers visiting the 22 pools across the city with close to 1.6 million visitors flowing through the gates during the last summer season alone.

“Aqua parks are a feature in Brisbane’s most popular pools and we have now commenced on the city’s newest standalone aqua park that will provide even more lifestyle and leisure opportunities here in Ferny Grove.

“This is part of my commitment to deliver five kids’ aqua parks at three existing pools and two standalone locations, and follows on from the completion of the new Wynnum and Sandgate aqua parks.”

Local Councillor Steven Toomey said the new Ferny Grove Aqua Park would be constructed within the Keperra Picnic Grounds next to the existing playground area and would feature interactive water play equipment to create a vibrant new recreational hub.

“This new free facility will be a fantastic addition to the Keperra Picnic Grounds, with a range of features including a slash pad, overhead tipping bucket, water cannons, bubblers and jets,” Cr Toomey said.

“Tiered seating, an electric BBQ, new shade trees, additional car parking spaces and new pathways will be delivered as part of the project, providing residents with exciting new opportunities for a splashing day out in our local community.

“A purpose-made water play bench with tactile activities will also be installed, which will be ideally suited to wheelchairs and toddlers.”

Cr Quirk said the Ferny Grove Aqua Park was part of a $23 million investment to deliver major upgrades at aquatic centres across the city, as well as the designing of a new aqua park in Runcorn this financial year.

“The number of people visiting Brisbane pools has doubled over the past decade and it is now more important to ensure we have state-of-the-art facilities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.”