Colmslie Beach Reserve project - stage two

Brisbane City Council is pleased to announce that it has chosen the concept design for new integrated playground artwork as part of stage two park upgrade works at Colmslie Beach Reserve, Murarrie.

Following community feedback on the preferred concept design for the playground, Council has selected local artist David White's concept design, Colmslie Cove 2.0.

Download the Colmslie Cove 2.0 concept design (Word - 1.3Mb)

This project is part of Council's commitment to creating more to see and do in a clean and green Brisbane, with more opportunities to enjoy Brisbane's beautiful climate and connect with family and friends in the places that make our city great.

Project summary

This table includes project information for Colmslie Beach Reserve at Murarrie.
Address Colmslie Beach Reserve, 152 Colmslie Road, Murarrie
Ward Doboy
Project outcomes Upgrade Colmslie Beach Reserve to improve recreation opportunities for the community
Latest update

Council has selected the concept design for new integrated artwork at Colmslie Cove playground

About the project

Council is undertaking upgrades at Colmslie Beach Reserve in a staged approach to deliver priority works following community consultation and feedback on a park opportunities plan in 2019. Community feedback received on the plan was supportive of the potential upgrades and identified the top three priorities as:

  • upgrading the existing play components
  • additional picnic shelters and seating
  • providing passive recreation opportunities at the beach.

In October 2020, Council completed stage one works by installing two new three-bay picnic shelters in the open grass area closest to Colmslie Road. Each shelter is large enough to include three separate picnic tables with seating on both sides of each table.

The next stage of the project will focus on investigating delivery of the following elements:

  • extending native tree planting for shade and habitat
  • installing sculptures to extend play opportunities and upgrading existing play components
  • improving seating, shade, and connectivity of the reserve.

Download the Colmslie Beach Reserve upgrade concept plan (Pdf - 7Mb).

Playground artwork upgrade

As part of the next stage of the upgrade project, Council will install new artwork play sculptures in the reserve's iconic playground, Colmslie Cove. These new sculptures will upgrade existing play components and add exciting new play opportunities for children.

Building on the playground's Octopus' Garden theme, the new artwork minimises 'off the shelf' play and focuses on whimsical, bespoke artistic and landscape components. The new sculptures will integrate water play and weave throughout the playspace, telling a powerful and imaginative story that delivers a unique play experience not found anywhere else.

Council sought feedback from the community to help choose an artwork concept design that best complements the existing playground theme and delivers multiple play opportunities.

Council received over 260 community votes, with more than 55% preferring local artist David White's concept design Colmslie Cove 2.0. Mr White also designed the original artwork concept for Colmslie Cove playground.

The playground will now go into the detailed design and construction phase. Council expects to complete the playground upgrades in 2022-23.

More information

If you would like to find out more about the stage two works, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 669 416 during business hours
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 outside of business hours
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Colmslie Beach Reserve park upgrade
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.

If you would like to find out more about future upgrades in this park, email our parks team.

Last updated: 22 October 2021
Topics: murarrie