Construction of New District Park for Ascot Underway

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Works have commenced on the restoration of the old Ascot carpark located between Lancaster Road, Kitchener Road and McGill Avenue, and its conversion back to a district park.

The 22,373-square-metre triangular piece of land, which is part of the Eagle Farm Racecourse, was once a parkland before it was turned into a military storage and then used as a car park. The refurbishment comes as a result of the Racecourse Precinct Neighbourhood Plan and part of an agreement with the Brisbane Racing Club.

“This will be a landmark park for Brisbane, contributing to the more than 2100 parks across our city,” Cr McLachlan said.


 
 


“Council worked closely with neighbouring stakeholder, the Brisbane Racing Club, to deliver this project,” he said.



“The Brisbane Racing Club is delighted that Ascot Park will form a key part of this community. It has a long history, from the time that the Queensland Turf Club leased the land to Hamilton Shire Council, creating the original park,” Brisbane Racing Club Chairman Neville Bell said.

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“We’re looking forward to the community making the most of Ascot Park and thank Brisbane City Council for their work on the project,” Mr Bell said.


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The new parkland will be reminiscent of the 1930s Ascot Park with features such as an architecturally designed rotunda/bandstand with open grassed areas and landscaping as well as seating and picnic spaces, accessible toilet block, and an off-leash dog park area.

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The project will also encourage recreational activities with outside gym/fitness area and retained half basketball court as well as a new shaded and fully fenced all-abilities playground with access to play elements like swings, spinning, climbing, sensory, and water play.

The new Ascot district park is expected to be completed by late 2019.