Readers question Reynolds Park as preferred splash park location

Port Douglas Splash Park

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The results are in from this week’s Newsport snap poll asking readers the question, where is the preferred location for a splash park in Port Douglas?

The topic of a splash park and/or lagoon pool for Douglas Shire has surfaced again recently with Douglas Shire Council inviting tenders for a proposed splash park.

While there has been interest from the public around a ‘yeppoon-style’ lagoon pool, Council has stated that there isn’t enough money for a lagoon pool and that a splash park in Reynolds Park is the preferred option.

State and federal governments have both indicated their support for the project.

Newsport’s Snap Poll opened at lunchtime on Monday and closed today after approximately 48 hours with a total of 265 votes collected.

The poll asked two questions. The first one was: Do you think Reynolds Park is a suitable location for a splash park?

The results show that only 34.72 percent of people prefer Reynolds Park for the splash park. See results below.

The Snap Poll also asked readers, Where would you locate a splash park? The answers were many and varied and can be seen in full by clicking here.

Apart from Reynolds Park, the most popular locations were Rex Smeal Park (Stinger Park) or near the Surf Lifesaving Club at Four Mile Beach with most answers indicating somewhere close to either location.

Other locations included:

  • Esplanade
  • Bruno Reidwig Park
  • On the football oval
  • Next to the Port Douglas cemetery

A common theme was that of the waterfront, with many readers suggesting anywhere near the water will do.

“On the Esplanade, or by the Yacht club, or Rex Smeal park, anywhere close to the beach and sea,” said one reader.

“Somewhere that you can see water. Eg, on the foreshore to the right of the surf club, or on the inlet somewhere (preferable). Having it in an inland park sounds awful. If you think about Cairns, Airlie, or Yeppoon, they all have ocean backgrounds, so much nicer,” said another reader.

It still remains to be seen what exactly will come of the concept.


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