The project, which will claim a space more than double the size of the City Botanic Gardens, has already been dubbed our city’s own answer to Central or Hyde Park. The latest ideas for reinventing this enormous space include creating an ‘active forest’, a public water park with subtropical rock pools and a New York High Line-style pedestrian bridge. Newly seated Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has been a driving force behind plans for the Park’s transformation, approaching five local architecture and planning firms and asking them to come up with creative concepts. Each designer has brought a unique concept to the table, with the conversation well and truly started for council’s Victoria Park Vision.
Urban planners Urbis are behind the ‘active forest‘ – a concept that involves reforesting the park to create a sense of natural refuge in the city. Landscape architects Lat27 have championed ‘Barrambin‘, the focus of which is to connect visitors with the area and give them a deeper understanding of cultural and natural systems. Planning and design consultancy Place Design Group concocted ‘The Brisbane Rock Pools‘, a subtropical rock pool in a major natural gully at the centre of the park, resembling an inner-city fusion of Wet ‘N’ Wild and the Currumbin Rock pools. Also in the planning and design business, firm Tract have concepts in mind for an enormous meeting place of celebration, featuring a main stage and amphitheatre, plus shared plazas and major exhibition spaces. Finally, architecture firm Congrad Gargett suggested the natural landscape could become a nurturing zone with their ‘Nature That Nurtures‘, featuring viewing points and Mt Tamborine style treetop skywalks.
The redevelopment plans are still to retain the Victoria Park function centre, putt-putt course and driving range, with works expected to begin from 2021 to transform the course into public parkland. If you want to find out more about the Visionary Ideas or have your say, head to the Brisbane City Council website.