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Milton Tennis Centre…. Park?


Match point: The milton tennis courts site. Image credit: CC-BY-SA Nearmaps, click for URL

Lord Mayor Campbell Newman has announced plans to acquire the former Milton Tennis Centre site for parklands, as reported in the Brisbanetimes and again today. Details are sketchy and nothing seems to be confirmed yet. Comments on the Brisbanetimes website indicate that some people would welcome new parkland areas, while others are opposed on the grounds that the opportunity for higher density transit-oriented development would be passed over, possibly shifting development pressures to other inner city suburbs such as West End. This blog visited the site earlier this year, photographs are available here.

The BrisUrbane Blog observes many debates about “what land use goes where” often implicitly assumes that development and parkland uses are incompatible, mutually-exclusive things. But this isn’t necessarily true. As a third alternative, a low-car or no-car transit oriented development plus parkland might one idea to look at. There are two precedents for this in Brisbane; South Bank Parklands and Roma Street Parklands, are both examples which incorporate high density living or commercial uses on the edges of, or embedded in, major parkland areas.

Indeed, both of these two parks are very popular, and the surrounding parkland environment makes an attractive environment in which to live. One would also think that living close to park land and the Bicentenial bikeway would also encourage people to take recreation activities and live healthy active lifestyles.

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July 28, 2010 at 9:54 am

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