Brisbane City Council has a plan in place to redevelop the 26-hectare Council-owned Victoria Park Golf Course into an Urban Parkland like New York’s Central Park.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner recently announced that the currently used ‘pay to play golf course’ would be converted into large scale public reserve, to deliver Brisbane’s largest public park in 50 years. There has been a stable decline in patronage at the Victoria Park Golf Course in recent years, which has resulted in a huge decrease in revenue.
Victoria Park Golf Course will be redeveloped into a park more than double the size of City Botanic Gardens in the CBD.
This will double the size of the existing park and delivering a green link to boost connectivity of fringe suburbs like Herston, Kelvin Grove, Bowen Hills and the Brisbane showgrounds. The park will be expected to offer tree-lined walkways, free attractions, and a green sanctuary in the heart of the city, much like Hyde Park in London and Central Park in New York.
It is understood that Council is working with the current tenants to ensure the driving range and putt-putt course, as well as the function and wedding centers remain a visitor destination. $1 million has been allocated to the community consultation and design for the Victoria Park Vision over the 2019-20 financial year. Council will begin works from 2021 to transform the golf course into parkland.