Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published January 10th 2013
Since moving to Brisbane in July 2011, I'm continually amazed by not only the quantity but the quality of parks and playgrounds located here. Well, Brisbane City Council has done it again; this time with a brand new riverside park at Tennyson, opposite the Queensland Tennis Centre.
Previously referred to as Tennyson Riverside Park during construction, the park has now been officially named Ken Fletcher Park; after the Brisbane born tennis legend. The community was invited to vote for their favourite name from a shortlist of six, with Ken Fletcher receiving the most votes.
Built on 2.9 hectares of land, formerly the site of the Tennyson Power Station, this park has more to do with power than tennis. The playground features smoke stacks, safety signs, and climbing equipment that resembles a powerboard. While this brightly coloured play area will appeal to older kids, there is plenty for pre-schoolers. As well as swings, slides, and water play equipment, there's a large piece of heavy machinery to play on (I've been told it's a backhoe). The playground has been designed for children of all abilities and as such includes a liberty swing.
The park itself runs alongside the Brisbane River, with a few remnants of the power station left behind: rusty beams and brickwork. Other features include a bicycle path that loops around the park, picnic tables and barbecues, a public plaza, and an open-air amphitheatre. There is also an amenities block.
Ken Fletcher Park is located opposite the Pat Rafter Arena on King Arthur Terrace. Parking is available on-street or in the thirty-two space parking lot.