Watch Out Kids About

  • A children’s wonderland has been created from recycled timber at one of the Gold Coast’s most exciting new communities.

    Anyone who’s lucky enough to glimpse the playground nestled in the Forest Green precinct of Mirvac’s Gainsborough Greens community in the south-east Queensland suburb of Pimpama is immediately transported back to their childhood.

    Few of us could pass up an opportunity to run, jump, climb and hide among the log forts, wooden climbing sculptures, swing sets and boulders.

    But what’s so surprising about this $1 million adventure playground is that it’s made from 52 tonnes of recycled timber, much of which was repurposed from the construction of the community.

    The playground is situated at the heart of the golf course release of the community at Forest Green. Green space is a huge focus for the neighbourhood and the park is one of 17 dotted across Gainsborough Greens.

    In total, 65 per cent of the entire community has been apportioned for green space, which includes conservation forests, wetlands, waterways, wildlife corridors, sports fields, golf course and tree-lined avenues.

    Mirvac’s Development Director of Masterplanned Communities Queensland, Russell Berlee, says, “Residents have been telling us their kids love using the new equipment, which is quite different from what is available in most other modern playgrounds.”

    Michelle and Aaron Drummond, who were one of the first families to exchange contracts on their new homesite at Forest Green will soon be moving from their existing home at nearby Coomera to Gainsborough Greens. 

    Michelle says the park is perfect for her four children, Brodie, 13, Tahliya, 11, Isaac, 8, and Mason, 3.

    “It is so ideal for us to have a park so close and accessible, so the children can easily run down and play there,” she says. “Sitting and watching the kids play, it is also really relaxing and picturesque and just adds to the atmosphere of Gainsborough Greens as a family-friendly community.” 

    Sara and Greg Syme, originally from Plymouth in the UK, were also among the first to see Forest Green’s potential, snapping up their property as soon as they could.

    The couple, who also presently live in nearby Coomera, are building a four bedroom home with a study and media room home for their three sons, James, 13, Adam, 11, and Ewan, 9. 

    “We had a specific plan more or less of what we wanted and had been trying to find the right homesite that would take the home with very little alterations. So we jumped on our new block as soon as it became available,” Sara says.

    The Drummonds and Symes are typical of the families who have chosen to make Forest Green their new home. Buyers appreciate the affordable land options and revel in the recreation centre with resort style swimming pool, barbeque area and tennis court to which they have access.

    It’s ideal, not just for golf buffs and families with kids, but for everyone who wants easy access to the Gold Coast and Brisbane and a great place to call home.

    This article first appeared in The Right Place by Mirvac Summer 2015-16 magazine.

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