Leisure precinct hits the mark
MORE than 1000 people were drawn to the new $20 million Cityport Foreshore Development for its public opening on Saturday.
The new leisure precinct stretches 1.6km to link the Esplanade and Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal and includes an elevated walkway and playground built within a 70-year-old fig tree, barbecue areas and shelters, public artwork, seating areas and viewing decks.
Ports North chairman Brett Moller said the opening, which included a jumping castle, face painting, a sausage sizzle and competitions, was an indication of the success of the precinct.
"We were very excited by the turnout, it was a beautiful day," he said.
"There was an outstanding positive response, visitors were very happy with the public open space and very impressed with the heritage restoration, enjoying the design and style, full use of the waterfront and mountain views."
Mr Moller believes the precinct will reinvigorate Cairns.
"To see the families there and an upbeat tempo in the city of Cairns is something we have been waiting to see for a long time," he said.
"I'm very confident it will be well utilised, it's a great spot for families."
Mr Moller said the next step of the development will be finding appropriate product to fill the commercial space in heritage restored Shed 2.
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Play time: Eden and Keelin Moller enjoy the new playground, built within a 70-year-old fig tree, at the Cityport Foreshore. The development includes waterfront walkways. Picture: TOM LEE