The creative design of New Farm Park, initially designed in 1912, reflects the genteel leisure activities of the time, yet still impresses and endears the public to this day. The park’s stunning vistas, spectacular jacaranda drive, magnificent rose gardens and river frontage are remnants from its establishment, having been accentuated by more recent subtropical additions of palms, figs and poincianas. The park has a rich history, having been a bountiful source of food for local Aborigines before the area was cleared to plant food crops for the convicts, and later used as a race track for the Moreton Bay Jockey Club. Imagine the click of the mallet hitting the ball, and the boisterous cheers of the aristocracy challenging each other to a game of croquet. Picture the ladies, dressed in their Sunday best and carrying parasols, strolling the paths alongside the river. The park has a strong, long-standing association with the local community, including the post-war Italian community. Today the park is popular with local mothers and children, festival organisers, wedding parties, sports enthusiasts, and picnickers. The park has been linked to the Brisbane Powerhouse arts venue and features interpretive history signs, a gazebo, tennis courts and a nearby ferry terminal. Disabled Accessibility: The park is accessible to wheelchairs. It also provides toilets and parking spaces for the disabled.
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