Conventional urban design was thrown out the window when it came to designing the local park in Palmview’s largest masterplanned community – Harmony, now set to house Queensland’s first grand linear park.

Spanning more than five hectares and running the length of 10 football fields, the unusually flat development site was able to challenge traditional design concepts and deliver unprecedented open space and functionality to residents and the wider community.

AVID Property Group (AVID) General Manager Queensland Bruce Harper said AVID was thrilled to open the first phase of the Grand Linear Park more than three months ahead of schedule.

“At five times the size of a standard park on the Coast, the Grand Linear Park will serve as a catalyst for wellbeing and connectivity for residents and tourists alike,” Mr Harper said.

“Our new community park is set to become a major drawcard for local residents and visitors alike, seeking to embrace the active, outdoor lifestyle synonymous with coastal living.”

The first $3.1 million phase consists of two hectares of community space and features three separate play areas for locals to explore.

A set of six swings, two table tennis tables and a 30.2 metre multi-play structure with a slide, spider’s web, swinging ropes and stepping stones will also provide outdoor options for children of all ages and abilities.

AVID has ensured the park promotes and fosters the Sunshine Coast’s active lifestyle, with pull-up bars, parallel bars and rope bells from leading outdoor equipment designers KOMPAN Australia available in the specially-designed outdoor fitness centre.

Despite the emphasis on fitness and exercise, the Grand Linear Park also caters to a more relaxed lifestyle, with quiet nooks and crannies designed for those looking to unwind and enjoy the temperate coastal climate.

The remaining phases of the parkland development remain true to the active theme, with each hectare of park set to offer its own specially-designed playground and amenity.

Urbis Director Glen Power said the grand linear park was the first of its kind in Queensland and there was nothing of its calibre, scope or size within the state.

“When designing the park, we made sure our design complemented the natural landscape of the Sunshine Coast – the greens of the surrounding native bushland, the beautiful blue skies and the temperate coastal climate,” Mr Power said.

“Each hectare of park has its own specific playground and amenities, offering residents and locals something different throughout the park.

“Harmony’s goal to encourage active lifestyles has had a major influence on the design of the Grand Linear Park, with the layout incorporating circuit pathways that lead to a range of exercise stations and playground equipment to promote activity for all age groups and abilities.”

The Grand Linear Park is ultimately a series of diverse parks equipped with unique facilities and identities, forming a central corridor of open green space and acting as a visual and physical ‘green spine’ connecting the neighbourhood.

The configuration of the linear park ensures 90 per cent of Harmony residents live within 250 metres of a park and that each neighbourhood is connected to the development’s 60km network of pedestrian path and cycle ways.

For more information on Harmony, visit www.harmonyliving.com.au or phone 1800 550 240.