Big news coming out of the Courier Mail: Brisbane is set to get a massive new park, which is already being compared to Central Park in New York and London’s Hyde Park.
Where will we fit this garden of paradise? Well, in 2021 the Victoria Park Golf Course is going to close, and the plans are moving ahead to turn the land into a 45-hectare public park.
This is pretty big news. The new park (name unknown) will be more than double the size of the Brisbane Botanical Gardens. In fact it’ll be the second biggest park in the city, running close behind the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.
Adrian Schrinner , our dashing mayor, dropped the news yesterday. He’s the one already comparing the new space with Central Park, promising all sorts of good stuff, including pop-up cinemas and market zones.
“About 26 hectares of this council land is currently used as a pay and play public golf course, which over recent years has seen a decline in patronage and a reduction in revenue,” Schrinner says. “From 2021, works will start to transform the golf course into public parkland.
Good news for golf fans: “The function centre, wedding venue, putt putt course and golf driving range will continue to operate.”
Labor councilors have already come out and backed the proposal (it’s hard to argue against more trees these days) but have warned they want to see the project come in on-budget.
They're also taking this opportunity to engage in some classic, it-was-our-idea-all-along politics. Councilor Kara Cook told the Brisbane Times, "We've been calling for a rethink on golf courses across the city for at least the last 12 months."
The Brisbane Council has allocated $1 million over the next year for community consultation and design work. Construction on the park should begin in 2021. Start packing your picnics.
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