Bringing Brisbane's biggest new park to life

Can you imagine a mini forest, huge water park, or a sky-high boardwalk in inner-city Brisbane?

Last year, we asked for your ideas about the future Victoria Park and you did not disappoint! Thanks for putting your thinking caps on and contributing a mix of creative ideas and practical suggestions that would help shape the draft vision for the parklands.

Thousands of Brisbane residents and visitors joined the fun as we opened up Victoria Park for the Victoria Park Party, giving people the chance to be inspired by exploring the greenspace.

The Victoria Park Draft Vision was released on 18 January 2020. Read the vision.

A park steeped in history

Established in 1875, Victoria Park has evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of Brisbane's residents. Once a place for Aboriginal people to come together and celebrate, a home for soldiers in World War II, and a settling point for immigrants, the iconic park has always been an important place for gathering and connecting people.

Victoria Park holds a special place in the hearts of many, with fond memories of family days at the putt putt course, to watching happy couples tie the knot. These much-loved parts of the park are set to stay, with the driving range, putt putt and function spaces forming part of the new Victoria Park, which will be double the size of the City Botanic Gardens.

Your vision for Victoria Park

We're so glad you can see what we see - endless possibilities for transforming this giant, inner-city parkland! More than 1000 community ideas for the future Victoria Park were received.

Jaw-dropping landscapes were a popular theme, with ideas including a new subtropical forest, lookout with views to rival Mt Coot-tha Lookout, mega garden maze, an avenue of jacarandas and huge cascading pools with stepping stones.

Nods to our history included suggestions for Aboriginal artwork and sculptures, a traditional ornate fountain, and even a prehistoric trail featuring life-size replicas of dinosaurs that would have once roamed the park.

There were lots of ideas for new things to see and do too, like an amphitheatre for outdoor performances, treehouse playground, area for night markets, space for interactive water play, outdoor cinema and a road-inspired bike track for kids.

Your love of animals also shone through, with suggestions for a wildlife education centre, butterfly house, native animal sanctuary, horse riding trails and a dog park with its own purpose-built pond for dogs to swim.

Seriously Brisbane, we're loving that you're ideas people who aren't afraid to dream big!

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This article was updated on 31 July 2020 with information about the Victoria Park Draft Vision.

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Last updated:1 August 2020
Topics: things to do