Brisbane unveils plans to transform an 18-hole golf course into an $83 million park with a canopy walk, high-ropes course and water play gully.
The final plans for the $83 million Victoria Park were unveiled by Brisbane lord mayor Adrian Schrinner, a ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity to transform 45 hectares of publicly owned land into a park.
“In June next year the 18-hole golf course will close and the vision for more native bushland, trees and adventure experiences will come to life, with the first stage of the vision able to get underway,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Our first priority is opening up more of Victoria Park to visitors so they can enjoy the greenspace while the exciting elements of the vision come together and we revegetate the former golf course.
“We have been working with residents for more than a year and a half to develop this vision. It started with more than 5400 ideas put forward to develop the draft vision which attracted feedback from more than 2000 people.
“The transformation of Victoria Park is one of the most exciting to things to happen in Brisbane for decades and we are now just over six months away from starting to deliver the vision that we created together and will last a lifetime.
“The community wanted to see more trees and we listened, with the vision setting out even more opportunities to increase the tree canopy, shade and natural bushland from 10 percent to 60 percent,” Schrinner continued.
“They wanted a park that speaks to its original landscapes and people and we’re continuing to work with Traditional Custodian groups to determine appropriate design features that acknowledge the park’s history and celebrates our future, in the outdoors.
“Opportunities for everyone to get around the park have also been enhanced, with a more accessible bridge, canopy walk and on-ground pathways.
“The park will feature cycle routes, an adventurous high ropes course and a nature and water play gully and will be a magnet for visitors so we also want to make sure it has prime public and active transport connections by preparing a transport strategy for the parkland.”
Works on the park will begin in June 2021.
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