Hercules Street Park Now Open After Multi-million Dollar Upgrade

The Hercules Street Park (Hamilton Recreation Reserve) has been reopened following the completion of its $10-million upgrade works.

The park upgrade project is part of the Northshore Hamilton urban renewal, which will see the  304-hectare industrial area transformed into a 2.5km riverside precinct over the next 20 years.

“Since Northshore Hamilton was declared a PDA in 2008, the landscape of the industrial and port precinct has changed dramatically,” Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said.

Funding for the Hercules Street Park upgrade project was made possible through contributions from developers in the Northshore Hamilton PDA. The upgrade works took under 12 months to complete. 

The new Hercules Street Park features 16,000 new plants; a playground and water play facility; a “pup-graded” dog off-leash park; a multicourt play area and exercise; and a barbeque and seating areas.

Mr Dick added that the playground features a multi-level industrial themed container play structure with a four-metre-high tube-slide and a traditional swing. The smart water play area, he said, utilises water captured and stored in tanks, and features a “synchronised programs and lighting at night to create a family-friendly space.”

Northshore Hamilton is Queensland’s largest waterfront urban renewal project with the State Government’s property development and community-shaping agency, Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), having already invested a total of $77 million in infrastructure to date.

The private sector, meanwhile, has invested approximately $1 billion across 3,000 residences, 20,000sqm of retail, and 22,000sqm of commercial space.

“Over the last ten years development in the $5 billion mix-use precinct has seen the delivery of high-quality housing at Portside Wharf and Hamilton Reach; two CityCat terminals and the Eat Street Markets that attract over 1 million visitors per annum.

“Disused industrial places and spaces have been replaced with The Deck, Factories Precinct, Incubation Zones, EV charging stations and Tennis Australia courts.

“Some of the best international and national institutional developers have played a significant role in Northshore’s transformation, including Frasers Property, Brookfield, Shayher Group, Alceon and Devine.

“Locals, visitors, residents, workers and families can continue to enjoy the fruits of their efforts at Brisbane’s newest park in this revitalised precinct,” Mr Dick concluded.

Over 16,000 Plants to Be Planted at Hercules Street Park at Northshore, Hamilton

With the upgrade at Hercules Street Park officially commencing in January 2019, over 16,000 plants will soon be planted throughout the park, also known as Hamilton Recreation Reserve. The project is part of the $10-million revitalisation of the park at Northshore, Hamilton.

The Hercules Street Park upgrade project will increase the park’s size as well as deliver improvements: fig garden, picnic areas, fitness and recreation areas, village garden, kiosk and bike hub, junior playground, water play area, and a dog park.

Photo Credit: The Queensland Government / haveyoursay.dsdmip.qld.gov.au

“The 16,000 plants will give life to the park’s many facilities such as the barbecue and picnic areas, children’s playground, dog off-leash area and walking paths – which will be fully lit at night,” Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said.

Photo Credit: The Queensland Government / haveyoursay.dsdmip.qld.gov.au

“The design of the park also includes a system where the water used as part of the children’s playground water play facility will be captured and held in a holding tank, then used for irrigation purposes.

Photo Credit: The Queensland Government / haveyoursay.dsdmip.qld.gov.au

“The water play facility will be a hugely popular feature of this park, especially during a hot Queensland summer.

“This is a smart and responsible use of our resources, reusing water to keep the plants and grass healthy, and the park will be greener and greater because of this,” Mr Dick said.  

Photo Credit: The Queensland Government / haveyoursay.dsdmip.qld.gov.au

In December 2018, Economic Development Queensland appointed JMac Constructions, landscaping arm of BMD Group, as the official contractor of the Hercules Street Park upgrade project.

“The mass planting is going to add so much greenery to this area and change the face of the entry roads to Northshore,” JMac Constructions General Manager Jason Lindsay said.

Photo Credit: The Queensland Government / haveyoursay.dsdmip.qld.gov.au

The Hercules Street Park revitalisation project is set to be completed before Christmas 2019.