Newtown Park & Queensland State Rose Garden - Newtown

Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 7:44

Address: 147 Taylor Street, Newtown QLD 4350

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Please be advised: Construction work will commence in Newtown Park from Saturday 23 September 2017 to create a garden bed with a memorial, adjacent to the War Animal Memorial. The area will be barricaded throughout with the work scheduled for completion by Friday 13 October.   

Newtown Park is one of Toowoomba's premier parks covering an area of 30 acres (12 ha).

  • It's a must-see location with three main feature areas including the renowned Queensland State Rose Garden, a children's playground and barbecue area, and sports ovals with croquet lawns and cricket pitches.

Bounded by Holberton, Taylor, Tor and Pottinger Streets, the park is popular for revelling in the delights of the gardens, enjoying family activities, and participating in sport or fitness pursuits.  

A number of pathways link across the park alongside a collection of murals, plaques and rest areas dotted throughout for the enjoyment of park users.

For more information about this wonderful space, visit the Queensland State Rose Garden website.

 

 

The ‘Heritage Roses in Australia’ collection will be housed in new gardens to be created at Newtown Park Rose Garden.

Paths, trellises, arbours and seating form part of the proposed landscape design. It's anticipated that all works will be completed by June.

Marking out the new Alister Clark collection garden, to be constructed on the eastern side of the hall, will commence in May with a completion date set for June.

This project is being funded entirely by the Friends of the Queensland State Rose Garden in Newtown Park from donations and in-kind support.

Newtown Park is home to the Queensland State Rose Garden with approximately 2000 roses planted in various displays and collections.

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Local residents and Friends of the Queensland State Rose Garden volunteers contribute towards the garden's development, making it a very successful community project.

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The garden's roses were selected from the floribunda, hybrid tea, David Austin and climbing varieties.

Of special interest are the Reithmuller Rose varieties, including Titian and Carabella roses, which were bred by Toowoomba-born David Reithmuller.   

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Picnickers regularly enjoy the gardens and their surrounds including the attractive and generously sized picnic shelter.

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The soothing sounds of the park's water fountain add calm to the charming space.

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For families with children, a playground rests in a quiet corner under a spreading Water Oak tree (See Toowoomba's best trees for more information).

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The Queensland State Rose Garden is located off Holberton Street and has a sealed car park and community hall that are both accessible off Pottinger Street.

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For more information on the Queensland State Rose Garden or to book the hall for events please visit the following link to the community directory.

A children's play area is located adjacent to Pottinger Street.

This section of the park has a large range of innovative play equipment, gas barbecues, covered picnic areas and toilets.

It's a popular place for small events such as children's birthday parties.

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Newtown Park houses a number of sporting facilities including three cricket fields with synthetic wickets, a basketball half-court and three croquet lawns.

The main cricket field has limited lighting.

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The park reached its centenary milestone in 2013.  To celebrate the occasion, the Queensland State Government and Toowoomba Regional Council created the Newtown Park Centenary Project.
 
It was an initiative to build commemorative features including a plaque and new gardens, pathways and lighting. 
 
A key aspect of the works was the establishment of a central feature area including a spiral designed seating wall, with a splayed back rest and a glass mosaic pattern, and a commemorative plaque.  
 
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Bollard lighting, with a concrete star laid at the base of each bollard representing the Southern Cross, was installed in the same vicinity.
 
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Aspects of the central feature were based on the park's original 1930's plan.  On the 3rd of November 2013 the park held its centenary celebrations, when the centenary project works were officially unveiled. 

Newtown Park gardens are a popular location for weddings and wedding photos.

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Refer to our park bookings for more information on booking a wedding ceremony in the park.

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The land that the Newtown Park is situated on was originally purchased as 'a breathing space for the people to enjoy recreation'. 

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The land for Newtown Park, known as Pottinger’s Paddock, was acquired in 1912 by the then Gowrie Shire Council. When this Council was abolished and the Newtown Town Council came into existence, progressive work on the land was pushed ahead.  The park was officially opened to the public on Saturday, 20th September 1913. In 1917 the Newtown Town Council merged with the Toowoomba City Council who continued to progress the park’s development. In the 1930’s avenues of trees were planted over the park to form the St George Cross on the Union Jack. The Rose Garden was commenced in 2001. 

Toowoomba Girl Guides established a branch in Newtown Park in 1920 with a small hut being erected on the grounds in the 1950s. In 1985 the huts were removed but later the Guides were given another building to utilised that had been used for boxing and wrestling.

In the Eastern section of the Park off Holberton street exists an entrance pavilion, which displays historical plaques commemorating the many historical figures, events and initiatives which have formed Newtown Park.

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War efforts

The park also has a long history with the war efforts, being used by the Light Horse Regiments, and as a Military Base for recruitment, training, camps and rest and recreation leave. 

During WWI, the park was used extensively by the local citizen force, and the Militia and Darling Downs Light Horse units, including the 11th Light Horse Brigade, who used the park as their headquarters. During WWII twenty buildings were acquired for rest and recreation purposes by the American forces. 

Towards the centre of the park there is a memorial to the 11th Light Horse Regiment and a memorial to war animals.

Features

Playground
BBQ
Picnic tables
Shelter
Toilets
Park bench
Cricket
Walking
Memorial
Water feature

Map

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