Located in Coromandel Valley, Frank Smith Park is a reserve approximately 12 hectares in size. The need for a wetland on the site was identified in the initial management plan for the Patawalonga Catchment Water Management Board.
Community support for the project saw the development of the Frank Smith Park Wetland Working Group, which included representatives from:
In 1998, a concept plan for the wetland was developed. Construction began in December 2000 and was completed in 2001.
The purpose of the wetland is to:
The wetland area is made up of three ponds which sit at different levels. Each pond was designed to perform a separate function. The upstream pond forms an inlet zone, the central pond provides rock islands for bird loafing and the downstream pond forms a mudflat.
Additional features include: