Residents will get access to 45 hectares of newly accessible greenspace in just five weeks as Brisbane’s highly successful parks team step in to begin undertaking the transformation of Victoria Park.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the Victoria Park Golf Course would close at 5pm on June 30, with the space to open for residents to explore and enjoy from the very next day.
“The green space will immediately be opened to residents to enjoy, be it walking, cycling, or having a picnic,” Cr Schrinner said.
“We want to 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.
“The Council-owned City Parklands Service, which has successfully looked after the Roma Street Parkland and South Bank will manage Victoria Park through its transformation from a pay-and-play golf course into a freely accessible world-class parkland.
“Our City Parklands Services has a proven track record of delivering integrated world-class public open spaces with Roma Street Parkland recently voted in the top 10 Green Flag parks in the world.
“We have our extremely successful parklands team appointed and ready to go to ensure the grass, trees and all landscaping is maintained to the high standard we have come to expect in our other parklands like Roma Street and South Bank.
“Initially residents can expect to see the 33 existing bunkers on site filled, pathway improvements made and increased planting on site.
“While we begin works to deliver the Victoria Park Vision there will always be significant open space that will remain publicly accessible at all time.”
Cr Schrinner said he was looking forward to achieving this next milestone in the delivery of this visionary project.
“I encourage residents to visit Victoria Park, explore the space, and get excited for the vision that is about to start unfolding,” he said.
“The Schrinner Council is delivering the biggest new park in 50 years and this is one of the most exciting and important projects our city has ever seen.”
More than 16,000 people were involved in the visioning process, with more than 5000 ideas submitted. Feedback received showed 86 per cent support for the draft vision.
Further community consultation on the Draft Master Plan will be held in the second half of this year.