Amenities buildings at two of Queens Park’s most popular locations will be upgraded with work starting in March 2021.
Construction of the Botanic Gardens Amenities building, on the Lindsay Street end of the park, will start in late March, while the Vera Lacaze Park Amenities upgrade, on the Margaret Street side of the park, is expected to start in early April.
Toowoomba Regional Council Portfolio Leader for Environment and Community Services Cr Tim McMahon said both projects were the latest instalments of the $12 million Queens Park Revitalisation project which is jointly funded by the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions program and Toowoomba Regional Council.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Mr Steven Miles said the Queensland Government was pleased to be working with the Toowoomba Regional Council to deliver this important, community-focused infrastructure project.
“Almost $2.8 million has been invested in Toowoomba as part of the Round 5 of the Building our Regions (BoR) program, supporting 18 jobs during the construction phase and helping to drive the region’s economic recovery,” he said.
“Building our Regions has been a key component of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery and we expect the program to continue to deliver for Queenslanders living in regional and remote communities.”
Cr McMahon said the Botanic Gardens Amenities upgrade project would include demolition of the existing amenities building and construction of a new amenities building in its place.
“The new amenities building has been designed to better align with current standards and provide accessibility improvements for this area of Queens Park,” Cr McMahon said.
“The new building will be positioned facing east-west includes three female cubicles, three male cubicles and a Persons with Disability (PWD) cubicle with baby change facilities. Landscaping works and installation of lighting and City Safe security services are also included as part of the construction.”
Work on the Botanic Gardens Amenities building is expected to be completed in mid-2021.
Work to upgrade the Vera Lacaze Park Amenities building is also expected to be completed by mid-2021.
Cr McMahon said that, similar to the Botanic Gardens building, the existing Vera Lacaze Park Amenities building would be demolished and a new building constructed in its place.
“The new amenities building has also been designed to better align with current standards and provide accessibility improvements for the south-west corner of Queens Park,” he said.
“It will be positioned to the north-east of the existing amenities location, adjacent and slightly within the amphitheatre embankment. It will include eight female cubicles, three male cubicles, three unisex cubicles, a Persons with Disability (PWD) cubicle with baby change facilities, as well as a changing place facility.
“Landscaping works and installation of lighting and City Safe security services are also included in the project. The existing amenities building will remain open to the public during construction.
For both projects, access along all footpaths will continue to be provided where it is safe to do so during construction.
“These amenities upgrades will boost the public facilities at the park and enhance Queens Park’s reputation as one of the Region’s premier destinations.”