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Upgrades to Toowoomba’s iconic Escarpment Parks continue to progress with Council recently delivering $100,000 of works to enhance nature-based experiences at Meewah (Table Top Mountain) and Redwood Park.
The improvement works included constructing new shade shelter and signage at the entry to Meewah and refurbishment of a section of Redwood Park bushwalking trails.
The works were delivered as part of the Toowoomba Escarpment Parks Upgrade (TEPU), which includes multiple projects aimed at unlocking the Region’s tourism potential by enhancing existing outdoor recreational activities.
Construction works at Meewah commenced in April, while works at Redwood Park began in August with both projects completed in October.
The new facilities are located at the bottom of Meewah’s walking trail and will provide shade and a resting point for visitors.
The refurbishment works to the Fern Tree Gully Trail in Redwood Park included upgraded pathways and the replacement of the timber bridge to a natural bridge, leading to the new waterfall rock platform.
Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) Environment and Community Portfolio Leader Councillor Tim McMahon said the project would help unlock the tourism and recreation potential of Toowoomba’s Escarpment Park trails.
“There is great potential to attract tourists and residents, especially people interested in outdoor recreation, to the numerous trails scattered along the Escarpment,” Cr McMahon said.
“These works are just part of a large program currently being delivered or planned for the Escarpment area. The project is progressing well and it’s great to see these improvements complete.
“These upgrades will help make the most of the Escarpment’s spectacular scenery and wonderful bushwalking trails.”
The TEPU is being delivered in stages and includes improvements to Picnic Point Parklands, Redwood, Jubilee, McKnight, JE Duggan, and Glen Lomond parks, and Meewah.
Council is currently also undertaking construction of new amenities at J.E. Duggan Park and improvement works at Jubilee Park to the value of more than $500,000.
The TEPU project is partially funded by the Queensland Government through the Building our Regions program.