A masterplan for the transformation of Victoria Park golf course into a 45-hectare public parkland in Brisbane's inner north has been unveiled.
While costs to convert the 18-hole golf course are yet to be released, the existing park—located two kilometres from the CBD—will start the transition into a parkland in 2021.
While revealing the masterplan tipped as “Brisbane’s biggest park in 50 years”, lord mayor Adrian Schrinner ruled out property development for the inner Brisbane site, but said that the putt putt course, driving range and function centre would remain.
“This is going to be a sanctuary in the city for residents and visitors,” Schrinner said.
The masterplan includes a 1.4-hectare lake, boardwalks and trails, a high-ropes course, children’s water park, skate park and tennis courts.
A cultural hub with Indigenous art, a community garden and urban farm is also slated for the 45-hectare park.
Owned by Brisbane City Council, the golf course site has seen visitor numbers drop by more than 15 per cent over the past eight years.
The draft plan is now out for public consultation following the release of five creative concepts from architecture and planning firms last year.
“This iconic park will also drive tourism by attracting national and international visitors, given its proximity to the city and public transport links, including the Brisbane Metro,” Schrinner said on releasing the plan.
The Victoria Park concept plan is now open to the public until April 28 on the Brisbane City Council’s website.