Barney Point smart park opens for use

THE $1.6m Barney Point Foreshore redevelopment marked its final milestone on Wednesday.

Gladstone mayor Gail Sellers declared the foreshore parkland upgrade complete and open for public use.

The five-month major landscaping project was completed by project contractors Boyd's Bay Landscaping.

The project includes the country's first smart playground which aims to revolutionise the way children play and learn.

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen stories The Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid, the playground combines outdoor play with a phone and tablet app.

Other works included park landscaping, landscaping within the parkland area, new park furniture and barbecue facilities, new pathways, a beach access ramps and revised car park layouts.

Cr Sellers said the transformation was remarkable.

She said the area would be a popular location for the community to enjoy.

"The Gladstone region has many appealing parkland locations and this redevelopment of the Barney Point Foreshore has now strengthened this list," she said.

"Gladstone can stand proud in knowing we now boast an Australian first when it comes to children's playgrounds as a result of the parkland redevelopment."