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Brisbane Is Getting a Huge New 45-Hectare Inner-City Public Park

Victoria Park Golf Course will be transformed into Brisbane's biggest new park in 50 years.
By Sarah Ward
June 11, 2019
By Sarah Ward
June 11, 2019

New York has Central Park. London has Hyde Park. Berlin has its Tiergarten. Sprawling inner-city parklands are a pivotal part of many of the world's best cities. Now, Brisbane is getting its own — revamping the site at Herston that's currently home to Victoria Park Golf Course, and turning it into a huge space for the public.

Announced by Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and dubbed Victoria Park Vision, the transformed spot will span 45 hectares — and, as well as almost doubling the amount of space that's currently available to Brisbanites, it'll mark the city's biggest new park in five decades. With the golf course's patronage in decline in recent years, its 26 hectares will be reclaimed and reshaped; however, its popular attractions will remain. That means that the driving range and mini-golf course will stay onsite, as will the function centre and wedding venue.

While the Brisbane City Council has earmarked $1 million over the 2019–20 financial year for community consultation and design, exactly what else will be included has yet to be decided. But, the updated spot will act as a green link for the area, connecting Kelvin Grove, Herston, Bowen Hills and the Brisbane Showgrounds.

If you're keen to have your say on what the site should feature, you'll be able to do just that at upcoming forums and public consultation sessions.

"Other successful parklands across Brisbane have pop-up cinemas, different types of markets, community events and include revolutionary play areas for all ages. These are all options we will explore with the community," said the Lord Mayor Schrinner in a statement.

The Courier Mail reports that Victoria Park Vision will also include water features, woodlands and gardens — and, size-wise, will rank second in in the city to the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

In terms of access, it'll link in with the existing busway at Herston. And, when it's up-and-running, the park will also be serviced by the Brisbane Metro at the the Herston and Kelvin Grove stations.

Just when Victoria Park Vision will be open to the public is yet to be announced, but work is due to get underway in 2021.

Image: Victoria Park Golf Complex.

Published on June 11, 2019 by Sarah Ward
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