Say hello to Brisbane’s new green heart: Victoria Park project masterplan revealed

Water play areas, a treehouse lookout and pedestrian and cycle bridges will be major features of the Victoria Park redevelopment, which will transform the one-time inner city golf course into a 64-hectare parkland.

Brisbane City Council’s draft master plan for Victoria Park also includes dramatically increasing tree canopy cover from 10 per cent to 60 per cent and new active travel commuter connections to the Brisbane CBD.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the council aimed to make Victoria Park a place that people from all over Brisbane as well as tourists saw as a “must-do experience”.

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An aerial view of what the planned Victoria Park redevelopment should look like when complete. (Image: BCC)

“It is extremely rare for a city the size of Brisbane to have an opportunity to transform a large slice of inner urban greenspace like this,” he said.

“This is Brisbane’s biggest new park in more than 50 years, and we want it to be a place for people to come together and create memories.“

However, the plan is yet to be costed, with the council allocating just $13.8 million for Victoria Park this financial year at a time when it faces a huge clean up and reconstruction bill from the February floods.

The master plan includes reinstating water holes and wetlands, community sports facilities and an edible garden.

Victoria Park, which now has a dual name, Barrambin, has had many uses since it was gazetted as a recreation reserve in 1985, including being the site of Brisbane’s first council rubbish dump and as a home for hundreds of American soldiers during World War II.

The draft master plan will also take into account the park’s role as a venue for the equestrian cross country course and BMX freestyle events for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games.

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An artist’s impression of the view from the planned signature treehouse at Victoria Park. (Image: BCC)

Work on transforming the park is well under way, with visitors now able to enter it directly from the Herston busway.

The council is also installing new park benches, picnic tables, barbecues and water bubblers.

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