Davies Park improvement project - West End | Brisbane City Council

Davies Park improvement project - West End

Brisbane City Council has developed a park improvement plan for Davies Park, West End through consultation and feedback from the local community.

This plan will help guide current and future upgrades to the park.

Summary

Address Davies Park, West End
Ward The Gabba
Project outcomes Revitalise Davies Park to improve recreation opportunities and publicly accessible areas
Latest update

Council is seeking your feedback on the draft park improvement plan for Davies Park, West End.

View the latest newsletter and park improvement plan:

About the project

Davies Park is a much-loved green space that plays an important role in providing sport and recreation opportunities for the West End community. The proposed park improvements are part of Council’s commitment to keeping Brisbane clean and green, and making our liveable city sustainable for future generations.

Community feedback received in late 2017 has helped shape and inform key features of the improvement plan. The project improvements focus on:

  • increasing and enhancing accessible green space
  • promoting a sense of community and celebrating its cultural heritage
  • increasing recreational use of the park.
  • maintaining the park’s natural appeal
  • improving connection through the park.

Council is working closely with Southern Suburbs Rugby League Football Club, who have had a presence in the park for more than 100 years. The club has agreed to reduce their leased area to improve outcomes for the community. The additional area will increase green space and provide room for new park features, for the club and community to enjoy.

The improvement plan captures community feedback on key features requested for Davies Park and provides a blueprint for future upgrades.

Council has $2.1 million in funding this financial year for this project. Funding this year will commence delivery on key elements of the plan, with progressive delivery of other elements in future years based on citywide priorities for park improvements.

Proposed key features

Proposed key feature Description 

New green spaces and connections

A new grassy open space is proposed to cater for a variety of recreational activities with a perimeter pathway and lighting. This involves the partial removal and reshaping of existing earth mounds, relocation the Southern Suburbs Rugby League Football Club boundary fence and installing new gravel pathways through mulched areas to improve access between the park and street and improve views.

Removing and reshaping other sections of earth mounds will provide more useable park space and improve views through the park.

Upgraded park roadway

The internal park roadway from Montague Road to the new toilet block is proposed to be upgraded to create a low-speed shared zone for vehicles, pedestrians and market-goers. The majority of car parking spaces will be retained to improve safety.

Pathway lighting is proposed to be installed and trees planted to provide shade for park and markets users. There is potential to treat the roadway surface artistically to celebrate West End’s unique character.

Creative play area

A play area is proposed, using the existing natural slope of the park, with features that may include an embankment slippery slide and nature-themed play features.

Multi-use hard courts

A multi-use hard court is proposed to replace the existing sand courts. The fully-fenced and gated court allows for shared community and lessee use. The remaining sand and earth mounds will be removed to provide additional recreational areas in the future.

A multi-use games area is proposed near Montague Road to allow for activities such as handball, rebound tennis, hopscotch or riding scooters or skateboards.

Relocation of the community garden

The community garden is proposed to be relocated to a more central area within the park, allowing the existing location to be restored, and in turn, help improve the health of the iconic fig trees. Some of the existing Bauhinia trees that are in poor condition due to past storm damage are proposed to be removed and replanted using cuttings grown from the original trees.

Drainage upgrades

A new drainage system is proposed to address flooding along the roadway at the eastern end of the park.

Additional features

New park furniture including seats, picnic tables and drinking fountains are proposed to be installed. The toilet block is also proposed to be relocated to improve views to the river.

Have your say

Before designs are finalised, Council would like to hear your feedback on the draft improvement plan for the park. Have your say and tell us what you think about the proposed key features.

Come to a drop-in session or provide your feedback online.

Drop-in feedback sessions

Date Time Location
Saturday 4 August 2018 8.00 - 10.30am West End Markets (Montague Road end)
Saturday 11 August 2018 8.00 - 10.30am West End Markets (Montague Road end)

To provide your feedback online, visit Council’s Your City Your Say online platform to see the park improvement plan and submit your feedback. Online feedback can be provided from 23 July to 24 August 2018.

Community consultation

Council sought feedback from the community in late 2017 to help shape and inform key features of the improvement plan. Thank you to everyone who provided their thoughts and comments.

Key findings from the first round of feedback include:

  • improvements should not alter the overall natural feel of the park.
  • designs should be simple and practical, and not overdeveloped to allow the character of West End to remain strong.
  • the use of hard surfaces should be limited to those necessary for features that require it.
  • don’t spread the improvements so thin that they are not noticeable or useful.
  • priority should be given to enhancing what is there rather than creating big changes.
  • priority should be given to the creation of spaces that encourage children and teenagers to be active outdoors.
  • focus on improvements that encourage community gathering and recreational activities.
  • improvements should be designed for flexibility to maximise the number of people that can use them in a variety of ways.
  • provide lighting to extend the hours that the park can be used.

Visit Council’s Your City Your Say online platform to read what the community suggested for each of the four areas. All feedback collected as part of the project has been reviewed and considered while developing options for the improvements plan.

Next steps

After this round of consultation, the plan will be finalised, with improvement works to start in 2019.

More information

If you require further information about the project, phone Council on 07 3403 8888 or send an email to parks@brisbane.qld.gov.au.

23 July 2018