Bradbury Park improvement project - Kedron

Bradbury Park playscape

Brisbane City Council is creating more to see and do in a clean and green Brisbane by providing more opportunities for recreation in Bradbury Park, Kedron.

As Chermside and the surrounding areas continue to grow, it is important to ensure that our parks can continue to meet the recreational needs of residents.

The project was part of Council's commitment to enhance and maintain more than 2100 parks across Brisbane.

All playgrounds provided by Council are to be enjoyed under supervision by parents and carers. Given that children have differing skills, abilities and appetite for risky play, Council recommends that parents and carers assess the ability of their child when allowing them to engage with this playscape. Parents and carers can enjoy the playscape with the children in their care.

Project summary

This table includes project summary information for the Bradbury Park improvement project
Address91 Kitchener Road, Kedron
Project outcomesUpgrade and enhance a central section of the park to diversify the recreation opportunities
Latest updateWork completed June 2023

About the project

The Bradbury Park upgrade has created more community opportunities to enjoy Brisbane's beautiful climate and connect with family and friends.

Bradbury Park provides a hub of active opportunities and is well used by the community for netball, lawn bowls, cricket practice, Girl Guides activities and dog exercise, as well as the recently added, award-winning nature play space, award-winning scooter track, fitness equipment and basketball half-court.

Bradbury Park upgrade also included a new amenity block, connecting pathways, a new car park with 53 parking spaces, and a large playscape.

Bradbury Park playscape

The playscape is a unique play environment that cannot be found in any other park in Brisbane. The Bradbury Park playscape is a 'biological city' that is made up of a complex series of 'hollows' (tower-like structures) and 'byways' (bridges that connect the towers) that are surrounded by a series of inclusive and accessible ground-based explorative elements.

'Hollows' are everywhere within the landscape at Bradbury Park, specifically if you take some time and focus your eye high up in the trunks of the majestic ironbark trees, which stand tall and shade the landscape. But it is within these 'hollows', that lorikeets live, and that is where inspiration is found for the shape, form, and name of describing the playscape. 'Byways', meaning a road or track not following a main route. It is the road less travelled, but it also alludes to a sense of mystery.

The playscape blends in with the natural environment to create a series of experiences that are infinite in movement – constantly changing and activating the senses. The design creates a never-ending loop of multiple play options and experiences, particularly suitable for children aged 10-15 years, that include active, social, creative, and quiet play opportunities. The playscape boasts a range of ground-based explorative elements that are inclusive and accessible, including a range of physical and discovery play elements that can be engaged with such as pummel ropes, a button chime, slide disc, hidden butterflies, texture panels, light/shadow play, switches, and a mirror. Children are able to choose where and how they play on and around the structure, rather than following any formal directions.

The new Bradbury Park playground provides a unique play environment, aimed toward older children aged 10 to 15 years, but still provides fun for younger, adventurous kids. Whilst this playground is compliant with Australian Playground Safety Standards, it has some very challenging aspects which some children may not feel they can navigate just yet.

Final concept plan and improvement layout

Completed works

In April 2020, Council installed new gym equipment near the car park as the first in a series of early enhancement works.

These works also included the construction of the Magic Forest – a small nature play space nestled among existing trees, located on the southern side of the netball courts. This play area provides an environment that encourages creative and imaginative play in a natural setting. The nature play space incorporates natural elements such as logs and rocks, as well as hidden sculptures to encourage curiosity and imagination. It has become a special place enjoyed by children aged 3-10 years along with their parents and carers. 

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At the same time, Council constructed a scooter track, located to the north of the existing dog off-leash area. The track is approximately 200 metres long and includes a range of different features for children to navigate, depending on their ability. The more challenging features have a bypass option for less experienced riders.

The nature play space and scooter track started construction in mid-May 2020 and was completed in July 2020. They have both recently received awards that recognise their innovative design and the recreational opportunities they provide residents.

The improvements to Bradbury Park also included the construction of a basketball half-court adjacent to the scooter track, which was completed in July 2021.

Project timing

This table includes project timing for the Bradbury Park improvement project at Kedron.
November 2019Consultation on the draft concept plan
Early 2020Final concept plan for the main upgrade released
April 2020New fitness equipment installed
Mid-2020Construction of nature play area and scooter track completed
September 2020Site investigations
December 2020Contractor awarded for detailed design and construction
October 2021 - June 2023

Construction project works, including:

  • large playscape
  • new picnic shelters and seating
  • electric barbecues
  • amenity block
  • connecting pathways
  • new car park
June 2023Project complete

Community engagement

Community consultation was undertaken in November and December 2019. Thank you to the community for taking the time to provide feedback and helping confirm which features are included in the project.

Incorporating this feedback, Council confirmed the finalised concept plan for the park improvements with the community in early 2020, which included a basketball half-court.

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Topics: kedron

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