By Juliano Oliveira
The future visual of Victoria Park has finally been revealed by the Brisbane City Council as it moves forward to become the city’s most significant new park in 50 years.
Featuring high-ropes course, nature and water play, canopy walk and multiple dog off-leash areas, the new site is expected to be shaped according to over 5400 different ideas.
“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,” Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said.
“Our priority is opening up more of Victoria Park to visitors so they can enjoy the green space while the exciting elements of the vision come together and we revegetate the former golf course”.
One item highlighted by Cr Schrinner is the increase in the tree canopy, shade and natural bushland from 10% to 60%.
“The park will feature cycle routes, an adventurous high ropes course and 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,” Cr Schrinner said.
Environment, Parks and Sustainability Chair Fiona Cunningham said Victoria Park was programmed to open as a public parkland after the golf course closes in June 2021. The popular putt-putt course, driving range and function centre will remain.
“We’re investing $83 million over four years to start to bring Brisbane’s biggest new park to life, and now that we have the vision, we can get to work with further detailed studies and developing a comprehensive master plan for the iconic inner-city site,” Cr Cunningham said.
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine a significant green space, so we’ll continue to work with residents and seek public feedback to make sure we get it right.”
Residents wanting to keep up with the project’s progress can sign up to receive email updates by visiting www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and searching ‘Victoria Park Vision’.