Victoria Park’s transformation into a public park will begin in July with 45 ha of green space to be delivered to the community.
The 18-hole golf course will close at the end of next month before work begins to create the “biggest new park in 50 years”, according to Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner.
“We invite residents to explore the hectares of open space as we progress plans for the long-term transformation, which will include more native bushland, trees and adventure experiences,” Schrinner said.
“Initially, residents can expect to see the 33 existing bunkers filled, pathway improvements made and increased plantings.
“While we work to deliver the Victoria Park Vision there will always be significant open space remaining accessible to the public.”
Newly unveiled artist’s impressions of the reimagined Victoria Park show a tree canopy walk and pedestrian connections. Image: Brisbane City Council
The Brisbane City Council’s City Parklands Service, which transformed Roma Street Parklands and South Bank, will manage the transformation of the current pay-and-play golf course into parkland.
Initial fears the green land parcel would be subject to development have been put to bed.
Plans for the site included a green amphitheatre, a tree canopy walk and a high ropes course, as well as a children’s water park, a 1.4ha lake, skate park and tennis courts.
More than 16,000 people contributed to the design-led transformation of the golf course into parklands.
A significant tree planting project will take place to increase tree cover in the park from 10 to 60 per cent.
Based on feedback, a proposed events space was canned and the Tree House Lookout was reduced in size and height.
Victoria Park’s original waterways would also be re-established as “natural cooling, cleansing and drainage systems, which would provide habitat for wildlife, and help to address urban heat island issues nearby.”
Originally published by The Urban Developer HERE.