Ken Fletcher Park

Parks & Open Space

LOCATION

Tennyson, Brisbane, Queensland

CLIENT

Mirvac & Brisbane City Council

KEY COLLABORATOR

Urban Play

AWARDS

2013, Queensland Landscape Construction Excellence Awards, Project of the Year

2013, Queensland Landscape Construction Excellence Awards, Million Dollar Plus

Tennyson Riverside Park is positioned on a former coal-fired power station site alongside the Tennyson Reach of the Brisbane River. The 3 hectare north facing site has emerged from its industrial past to become a contemporary all abilities riverside park.

The site’s richly layered history included occupation by indigenous people, timber felling, growing of cotton and sugarcane, construction of the renowned ‘Hayslope House’ in the late 1880ʼs and finally the Tennyson Power Station 1953 -1986.   After the station was decommissioned in 1986, the site sat desolate and in a state of disrepair until 2006 when it was demolished to make way for the recently completed Queensland Tennis Centre, together with riverside apartment blocks and community amenities. As a consequence, many industrial structures were removed leaving behind a scattered collection of historic elements along the site’s riparian edge. Through ecological succession, some of these structures have become habitat for communities of native riparian plant species and mangrove colonies.

The design celebrates and embraces the re-use of these remnant elements for viewing decks and picnic platforms for recreation as well as forming the foundations creek riparian rehabilitation. Salvaged signage and mooring cleats are distributed throughout the industrial themed all abilities playground to reinforce the site’s a sense of place and heritage.

The spatial arrangement of new plazas, lawns, footpaths and amphitheatres allows the park to function in various modes of use. The main plaza and arbour structure positioned opposite the Queensland Tennis Centre forecourt has the capacity to function as a spill out space and sheltered gathering node during peak events such as the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament. The playground, canoe pontoon and future community building positioned on the western part of the site can function independently and in harmony with activities associated with the surrounding developments.

The opening of Ken Fletcher Park has made a significant contribution to the city of Brisbane by creating more public parkland with frontage to the Brisbane River, for the community and visitors to use and enjoy.