This project has been ongoing in a series of coordinated stages since 2013. We aim to ensure the layered history of the park is conserved while improving and ensuring sufficient facilities are included, creating a quality recreational area. This activity is being progressed according to the Queens Park Master Plan and is expected to continue through to 2021.
The plan consists of 7 stages and is expected to cost $12 milion.
The Queens Park stage 5 master plan improvement works project is a joint initiative with the Queensland Government.
Stage 6 - current stage
The stage 6 Queens Park upgrade works began in July 2019. A few small works from stage 5 are ongoing; these include the finalisation of the Margaret Street ramp, flying fox and a Viking swing.
Stage 6 of the Queens Park upgrade will include the construction of a Botanic Gardens Interpretive Shelter, further improvements to the Margaret Street Playground and an upgrade to the Botanic Gardens amenities block. The project will be completed at a cost of $2.4 million.
Works will continue in future years through to stage 7, scheduled for completion in 2020/2021.
Work completed in previous stages of this project include:
- Development of Queens Park Master Plan - completed 2013.
- Upgraded lighting to the botanic gardens - completed 2013.
- Upgrades to some key paths in the botanic gardens - completed 2015.
- Upgrade to the dog off-leash area (new furniture, signs, and planting areas) - completed 2015.
- Replacement park furniture - completed 2016.
- New and replacement signage, including park naming, way-finding and interpretive signage - completed 2016.
- Margaret Street playground area new amenities building - completed 2016.
- Lindsay Street upgraded amenities building and new picnic shelters - completed 2016.
- Replacement maintenance shed - completed 2016.
- Replacement of the central amenities near the sports fields area - completed by June 2018.
- Construction of a new amenity building near the Margaret Street playground - completed by June 2018.
- Replacement of the Lindsay Street playground amenity building - completed by June 2018.
- Installation of new picnic shelters at the Lindsay Street playground and pathway connections - completed by June 2018.
- Installation of way-finding and interpretive signage - completed by June 2018.
- Replacement of park furniture - completed by June 2018.
- Repairs to pathway to the western section of the botanic gardens area - completed by June 2018.
- Creation of a designated dog off-leash area - completed by June 2018.
- Upgrade to the internal carpark off Lindsay Street lighting and landscaping works - completed by June 2018.
- Pathway renewal works to key pathways - completed by June 2019.
- New lighting to key pathways - completed by June 2019.
- New major play element and upgrades for the Margaret St and Lindsay St playground areas - completed by June 2019.
- Landscaping and access improvements to the Margaret St frontage of Queens Park - completed by June 2019.
The University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Anthropology and Archaeology Department was commissioned to conduct an archaeological dig at the former site of the Queens Park Botanic Gardens Conservatory. The dig was conducted in accordance with the Australia ICOMOS Charter for the Conservation of places of Cultural Heritage Significance (the ‘Burra Charter’) and the criteria laid out in the Queensland Heritage Act 1992.
The purpose of the dig was to reveal any physical remains of the original structure that may still exist below the surface, and identify any original footings to define the exact location and extent of the building. By doing this, the archaeological team would then be able to assess the condition and degree of preservation of these remains, if there was any archaeological significance, and determine management strategies for the remains and the site in general.
This dig revealed some key features of the conservatory, which played a key role in the botanical history of the ‘Garden City’, and will help with our future plans to create interpretive signage around the history and significance of the botanical gardens and the conservatory. A copy of the archaeological report can be found in related documents.
Queens Park master plan report (PDF, 87 pages for A4 landscape print. 2013)
Queens Park archaeological report (PDF, 41 pages for A4 print. 2015)