Look: Finalised Plans For Graceville Riverside Parklands Unveiled

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Artist’s impression of the enhanced parklands (Photo credit: https://www.sustainablebrisbane.com.au)

Graceville Riverside Parklands will be enhanced with upgrades to sports fields, a new playground, a new water activity hub, a larger pontoon, and improvements to picnic areas.

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Brisbane City Council unveiled the Final Precinct Plan for Graceville Riverside Parklands after taking into consideration some of the feedback received from the community during the engagement period.  

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Based on the feedback, residents would want to see spaces to play, exercise, and relax. These will be executed through improved picnic facilities, lawn space and accessibility for all. 

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A community green in the centre of the parklands will provide the setting for local community and cultural celebrations and will double as a large open space for informal play and relaxation. 

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The new pontoon will allow tour boats to drop off and pick up visitors to the Oxley Creek corridor. Opportunities will be investigated to provide hire facilities within the parklands to supply visitors with bikes, canoes and kayaks so they can sample The Greenway and Oxley Creek Paddle Trail experiences.

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Another key element of the project is the Water Activity Hub, which will provide a multi-purpose water activity hub, watercraft storage and rigging space. Visitors will be given an opportunity to take in views of the river whilst relaxing at the covered seating area and amenities. 

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The upgrades at the parklands is part of the Oxley Creek Transformation project, which aims to provide new leisure and lifestyle opportunities in the city, including facilities for kayaking, boating, sports and bike riding.

“The Graceville Riverside Parklands is the third of several precinct upgrades in our plan and will become a major destination for families from across Brisbane to enjoy our outdoor lifestyle,” said Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner. 

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Meanwhile, the overflow car park has been removed from the Concept Plan after the community reinforced their preference to use active transport options to access the parklands, thereby further reducing the likelihood for the need for a short-term, temporary, overflow car park for community events and activities.

The community has also suggested the provision of a CityCat terminal within the parklands.

However, Council said it’s not likely to extend services beyond UQ as previous investigations found it was not feasible  because of the potential riverbank erosion impact of CityCat operations.