Locals and visitors alike can now enjoy a new park on the Maleny Community Precinct, created by volunteers on land leased to the Maleny District Sport & Recreation Club.
A community group partnership has almost completed constructing an historically themed park for all ages to share. The theme of Maleny Settlers Green is an initiative of Maleny Blackall Range Lion’s Club’s Winston Johnston and is a contemplation of the important role of this heritage-rich area’s early female pioneers. The park includes a magnificent fig tree under which shaded benches provide a restful spot to take in sweeping views of the Maleny Community Precinct, Maleny Sports Park, the Maleny Golf Course, Pattemore House and the township of Maleny.
Maleny District Sport and Recreation Club has provided land on its leased area to create this new open space and are working together with a collaborative project team of
Maleny Garden Club, Friends of Pattemore House and the Maleny Cultural and Historical Society have also joined the project team, bringing their expertise into the research arm of the project. The Maleny Settlers Green team is proudly working with local businesses for construction, planting and landscaping needs.
The Apex Club of Maleny installed the first stage of seating beneath the majestic fig tree that overlooks the new park. Mown pathways and native plant garden beds – linking the nearby Obi Creek riparian corridor, the isolated heritage-listed Porters Wood rain forest and the Northern and the Southern Wetlands on the Maleny Community Precinct – have been created.
Plans will continue to be implemented for a children’s play area as funding permits, adjacent to a butterfly garden and art-works will be installed. Volunteers are maintaining the area as it is being developed, keeping it weed-free and attractive.
The grassy paths are the missing walking link for a circuit connection off Parkland Drive to join the Maleny Trail.
A row of native trees has been planted alongside Parkland Drive, each one to be dedicated to women who worked alongside their men on the earliest pioneer selections of this historic district.
The Maleny Garden Club has planted a heritage camellia grove, preserving some rare varieties, including some of the oldest grown in Maleny. Many of Maleny’s early dwellings had a camellia or two, with Japonica formal camellias proving popular with the ladies to pin on their formal gowns at district social gatherings.
In addition to this new park, the 5th Light Horse Regiment have made their adjoining training arena “The Ziza Field” available for families to enjoy as open space together when not in use by the troopers. Perfect for picnics and games!
Maleny Settlers Green, situated next to the Maleny Trail is a new and accessible community space for all.