Victoria Park redesign plans unveiled

The finalised designs for the new Victoria Park redevelopment have been released by the Brisbane City Council. The draft masterplan was released January 19, 2020, after extensive community consultation – which is still ongoing.

The Victoria Park redesign is set to be massive, and these plans highlight just how much thought is going into the new parklands.

These plans were drawn up in response to the public’s submissions and suggestions, and reflect a number of the elements that kept popping up: water features, sports grounds, picnic facilities, cafes and restaurants, and the ability to safely use the park at night. Other ideas put forward included native gardens, indigenous spaces, a miniature village, replica life-size dinosaurs and giant slides.

A community garden at the Victoria Park redevelopment. Picture: Supplied.
There could potentially be a large community garden at the Victoria Park redevelopment

The plans include designs for a suspended canopy walk, rock pools, wetlands, a kyaking lagoon, a walk-though butterfly house, a food forest and an adult playground. These will be spread throughout the 45-hectare inner-city parkland to ensure that Brisbanites can access and use it year-round.

According to the official press release on the Victoria Park website, the project will also include:

  • A cultural Hub,
  • Mountain bike and walking tracks,
  • High ropes course,
  • Vegetable patch,
  • A 1.4-hectare Lake (which will be known as Lake Barrambin),
  • Boat house and kayaking hire,
  • Skate park,
  • Tennis and cricket courts,
  • Children’s water park,
  • Children’s playground,
  • A canopy walk,
  • A tree house,
  • A new function facility,
  • Outdoor multipurpose entertainment spaces,
  • A new golf “skills” practise area,
  • And the current Victoria Park function centre, Bistro driving range and putt-putt course are remaining too due to their popularity.

At the time of writing, the Brisbane City Council does not have an estimate of how much the project will cost. The final version of the Victoria Park masterplan and budget is expected to be released mid-2020. The golf course will close in 2021.

The kayaking lagoon and suspended canopy walk. Picture: Supplied
The kayaking lagoon and suspended canopy walk, as imagined by the BCC

When completed, the Victoria Park Vision will be the city’s second biggest park and more than double the size of the City Botanic Gardens. It will mean the current Victoria Park Golf Course will be closed down. However, the redevelopment of the site has the potential to give the area surrounding it a massive boost in value. The surrounding properties there will be highly sought after due to their proximity to the features offered by the new parklands.

Designs of the Victoria Park redevelopment. Picture: Supplied.
A potential central hub area in the Victoria Park redevelopment could become a great place to relax

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Written: 7 January 2020

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