State Of The Art Playscape Coming To Bradbury Park

Kedron’s Bradbury Park is about to get a state-of-the-art playscape, which will add to the growing array of nature-themed parks in Brisbane.

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Bradbury Park currently 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 nature play space, scooter track and park gym facilities.

Council plans to upgrade a central section of the park to deliver a vibrant, multi-use space that will cater to a broad spectrum of the community, including a play space for older children.

Bradbury Park Improvement Layout Plan (Photo credit: Brisbane City Council)

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner announced that the new park features towers, obstacles and bridges of varying heights and sizes and will be open to the public in mid-2022. Construction of the new park is expected to start later this year.

“If you grew up in Brisbane, you’d remember stark playgrounds with just a squeaky set of swings – but they’re becoming playgrounds of the past as we deliver playgrounds akin to miniature theme parks like this one planned for Bradbury Park, Kedron,” Cr Schrinner said.

“It’s all part of my agenda to deliver record investment in Brisbane’s parks and green-space,” he said, adding that parents can have peace of mind as well, as these new playgrounds are safer, sturdier and designed with features like puzzles and nature play to help kids develop skills away from the iPad or computer screen.

Photo credit: Chris Colborne/Google Maps

It will have a large space nestled amongst existing trees to provide challenging play for older children, a new toilet block, connecting pathways, a new car park with 53 parking spaces, and a new basketball half-court, as well as picnic facilities with electric barbecues.

Photo credit: Jenny Morrison/Google Maps

In addition to the one in Kedron, Brisbane City Council is planning to deliver more nature-themed parks throughout the city, such as the Hanlon Park, Stones Corner that will also feature fun slides and climbing equipment, sand play and swings, sandpits with diggers, a water pump station, and a multi-level tower; and the Warril Parkland in Larapinta, which will be a bush camp-themed playground with flying foxes, lake, lakeside boardwalk and pontoon.

Have Your Say on Bradbury Park Kedron Upgrade

What are your thoughts on the proposed Bradbury Park improvement project? You still have until 16 December 2019 to provide your feedback. 

A central section of the Bradbury Park, located on Batten and Lawley Streets, Kedron will undergo upgrade works to enhance the look and feel of the park and ensure that it is able to meet the community’s growing demands.

Public consultation on the proposed improvement project is currently ongoing and the public is invited to provide feedback through an online survey on the draft concept plan.

The proposed park improvements, which will begin in 2021, involve:

  • Existing car park to be closed and replaced with grass
  • Driveway off Batten Street and car park with 40-50 spaces
  • Bus and passenger drop-off zone
  • Grass area with picnic facilities including shelters, seating, and electric barbecues
  • Large playspace built around existing trees, including challenging features to suit children aged 10-15
  • Toilet block
  • Connecting pathways

Beginning in early 2020, Council will also commence with the construction of following  facilities:

  • Nature play features provided under existing grove of shade trees
  • New fitness equipment
  • Looped scooter track  with a range of features for children to navigate

Information that will be gathered during the consultation will be used along with site investigations to help finalise the concept design for the Bradbury Park improvement which is expected to be released mid-2020. Construction commences in 2021.

The Bradbury Park improvement project is part of the Council’s initiative to enhance and maintain the more than 2,100 parks across the city, with more sites identified for future improvements, including Eildon Hill Reservoir, Wembley Park, and Wishart Community Park.