Picturesque Parklands at Ecco Ripley
Date: 3 November 2021
Ecco Ripley’s award-winning parks aim to foster human connection, nurture health and wellbeing, and enrich the lives of residents, young and old. With more than 10 hectares of parklands and green, open space, the parks encourage residents and visitors to get out and about, and live life to the fullest.
The parks have proved to be a popular destination for the local and wider community, with all Ecco Ripley homes located no more than 400 metres from parks and community facilities.
As part of Ecco Ripley’s design, Satoyama — the Japanese concept of ‘ribbons of green’ — can be seen, and felt, right across the community and especially within the parks. Satoyama is a term used in Japanese culture to describe the area between a village and mountain where there is an interface between nature and people. The parklands and green, open space provide endless opportunities for residents, and visitors alike, to connect with each other and with nature.
Take a look for yourself at one of the many vibrant parks, including:
- Brooking Parklands — Named after the Brooking family, who were one of the first to build in the area before it was Ecco Ripley more than 30 years ago, Brooking Parklands was the first of several Ecco Ripley parklands, allowing the community to socialise, interact and enjoy the outdoors. The park includes a playground with slides, swings and climbing structures, recreational walking, running and bike tracks, as well as kickabout areas, picnic shelters and BBQ facilities. Additionally, 15 trees — that are more than 20 years old — were retained to maintain the local environment and provide natural shade for the community.
- Faye Carr Park — This park is named after 2017 NAIDOC Female Elder of the Year, Aunty Faye Carr, who dedicated more than 50 years of her life to promoting healthy lifestyles among young people in Ipswich. Faye Carr Park’s facilities are plentiful, including two fully equipped playgrounds, multi-purpose courts, soccer and rugby goal posts, large kick-about areas, learn-to-ride bike tracks and the iconic rocket ship play structures. A separate toddler playground with toddler-friendly play equipment, swings and a protective shade sail keeps the young ones busy. Picnic shelters with seating and tables are also available for public use, as well as electric BBQ facilities and a multi-use plaza area— ideal for family gatherings. Many community events are held at the park, including outdoor cinemas and Christmas events, and Construction Skills Queensland’s Try’a Trade day where local high school students can swap the classroom for the construction site and get hands-on experience in the building and construction industry. The park also hosts free outdoor fitness sessions with Anytime Fitness.
- Pebbles Park — Paying tribute to one of Ecco Ripley’s most beloved residents, Staffordshire Terrier, Pebbles, this dog park was the first of its kind in the Ripley region when it opened in 2018. The park features a dog off-leash area with agility equipment, drinking fountains and pet-friendly bowls. It is also equipped with a basketball court, cricket pitch, handball court, open kick-about area and a kids’ playground with swings, slides, seesaws and a climbing structure.
- Spear Lily Park — With panoramic views of the region out to Flinders Peak, Spear Lily Park features a shaded rotunda and more than 21,000 native trees, shrubs and ground coverings. The name of the park pays homage to the Spear Lily, a native plant commonly used as a food source for Indigenous Australians, and a plant that is featured significantly throughout the park. In recognition of the site’s Indigenous history, a series of sandstone carvings have been integrated into the park, as well as Indigenous way-finding totem poles and a bush tucker trail for the community to enjoy. Opening just last year, as part of Spear Lily Park, Hilltop Park features 10 native trees planted by local families to mark Sekisui House Australia’s 10th anniversary, with each tree featuring a plaque with the family’s name. The native tree — Queensland Brush Box — will help to promote koala habitat in the area once fully grown. Spear Lily Park is also home to Ecco Ripley’s free outdoor playgroup. Welcoming children from 12 months to five years, the playgroup sessions involve a range of experiences designed to engage their senses, and spark imagination and creativity in an outdoor setting.
Both Faye Carr Park and Pebbles Park were recognised by the Heart Foundation in 2019 for their public, open-space design using evidence-based practice as part of the Foundation’s Healthy Active by Design initiative. The parks joined the likes of the Queensland Children’s Hospital, Roma Street Parkland Children’s Playground and the Brisbane Showgrounds for best-practice design as part of the initiative.
Both parks also received Gold Awards for Commercial Open Space at the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers Awards in 2019, with Faye Carr Park also winning Best in Category.
Ecco Ripley’s parks were a key contributor towards its 5 Star Green Star — Communities rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), joining just four other large-scale property development projects around the country.
Residents and locals in surrounding suburbs can look forward to even more parklands and facilities as part of future stages launching at Ecco Ripley in 2022. Stay tuned!
For more information on Ecco Ripley’s parks, visit: https://eccoripley.com.au/living-here