A new park for Ascot | Brisbane City Council

A new park for Ascot

Following community feedback, Brisbane City Council has finalised the design for the new district park in Ascot.

Summary

Address Between Lancaster Road, Kitchener Road and McGill Avenue, Ascot
Ward Hamilton
Project outcomes The project will create a simple and attractive park for the community that celebrates the history of the site and suburb.
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Following community feedback, Council has finalised the design for this new district park in Ascot.  

View the project newsletter and final design in your preferred format:

About the project

The historic suburb of Ascot is home to a growing diverse community.

From 2009 to 2011, Council worked with the local community to plan for the future of the Racecourse Precinct. One of the key outcomes of the Racecourse Precinct Neighbourhood Plan was that the former Brisbane Racing Club (BRC) members’ car park, at the corner of Lancaster and Kitchener Roads, will be converted back to public parkland.

Following community feedback, Council has finalised the design for this new district park in Ascot, as part of our commitment to enhancing and maintaining more than 2100 parks across the city.

Before the design was finalised, residents and businesses were invited to have their say on the proposed concept plan in May 2018. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

Features that have been incorporated into the final design include:

  • moving the accessible toilet block closer to McGill Avenue
  • enhanced pathway connections
  • low growth vegetation along the park perimeter fencing
  • new bike rack near McGill Avenue
  • a climbing play element in the playground for children aged 8-12.

Project benefits

The project will deliver a park that:

  • increases accessible shady green space
  • celebrates the suburb’s rich heritage
  • includes features reminiscent of the historic Ascot Park from the 1930s
  • encourages recreational activity in our wonderful subtropical climate.

Park inclusions

This park will provide a space for a variety of uses with more to see and do, including walking, playing, picnicking and even small concerts.

Bandstand rotunda

A new architecturally designed bandstand will be reminiscent of the rotunda from the 1930s historic Ascot Park. The bandstand will provide the opportunity for small concerts that the community can enjoy, surrounded by informal bench seating and picnic settings radiating out into the open green space.

Dog off-leash area

A new dog off-leash area will be created adjacent to the main park. The space will include a shelter and bubbler/dog bowl.

Open and shaded green spaces

The new park will offer shade and plenty of green space, with subtropical plantings and the rejuvenation of existing trees.  Large open lawn areas will allow lots of room for play and recreation.

New local playground

A new shaded, accessible and fully fenced playground will be created in the south-west corner of the park. Once this new playground is complete, the playground at the corner of Kitchener Road and McGill Avenue will be removed.

Please refer to the newsletter to see the final playground design.

Accessibility improvements

Footpaths will offer easy connections throughout the park and to surrounding roads, while a fully accessible toilet block near McGill Avenue will provide much needed public amenities.

Next steps

There has been initial work to improve site safety and remove diseased or dead trees. Further work will occur in late 2018 to improve the health of the remaining trees and to decompact the ground. These works will take place between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday, weather permitting.

Project timing

The project plan will now move into the procurement and construction phases.

More information

If you would like to find out more about the project, you can:

  • phone Council on 1800 884 681 (during business hours) and ask for the Ascot park project team
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 (outside of business hours)
  • email the project team.
30 January 2019