Central Park’s future to be decided

Date published: 9 March 2018

The future of Central Park is set to be decided with investigations into whether a Concert Hall or other cultural facilities can be incorporated on the site.

AECOM has been awarded the contract to undertake the Central Park and Dean St Carpark Concept Plan as part of the Townsville 2020 masterplan and clear vision for the city.

The concept plan will provide short, medium and long-term options for what could be built on the site such as arts and cultural facilities, commercial opportunities, improving public spaces and linking the Stadium Precinct to the heart of the CBD.

The work will also examine the feasibility of building a new Concert Hall in Central Park.

Deputy Mayor and Planning and Development Committee chairman Cr Les Walker said the concept plan would decide what was possible in Central Park.

“The first step is knowing what we can do on the site and then delivering the best possible outcome for the community,” Cr Walker said.

“We will know if Central Park is the right spot for a Concert Hall or another cultural facility such as an art gallery or similar.

“And we can find out the best way to make it a key link between the rapidly developing Stadium Precinct and the CBD.”

Cr Walker said the concept plan for Central Park was part of Council’s Townsville 2020 vision.

“Townsville 2020 is crucial to ensuring we get the best development outcomes right across our city,” Cr Walker said.

“It’s ensuring that we have the right facilities and infrastructure to create world-class experiences for locals and visitors.

“I’m really excited by the potential for what could happen on Central Park and Council wants to make sure we deliver what the community wants.”

The Concept Plan is expected to be completed by July.