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Published July 13th 2021
Little street with the novelty of three parks
Leafless tree visible from 54A.
Located in the southern Brisbane suburb of Greenslopes, Roseglen Street is an interesting place for a walk or for a stop-off. That is because there are three parks on Roseglen Street - with one written about separately, in fact, is Brisbane's smallest park, and basically a big factor or main reason for a visit. Yet the two ample Roseglen Street Parks that sit near Norman Creek backing onto the South East Freeway and Busway are also nice - with the one located where Jordan and Roseglen Streets meet being mainly bushland, while the other one at 38 Roseglen Street is a wide lawn track surrounded by homes and Norman Creek.
Roseglen Street is easily accessible from the Greenslopes Mall - I'd estimate a five-minute stroll away. To get in that vicinity, there are many bus options, for example, I caught a 172 bus home, but used Uber so I could get there early and then save a fare going home. As the 172 bus uses plenty of busway, going home didn't feel too painful. The 172 is a scenic route but gets you to see just hints and bits and pieces of 'Brissie' I hadn't seen or can't recall seeing. Further information at translink.com.au
In terms of human participation at these parks, there's little sign of it, there's a bit of bushcare planting, some bushcare signage here and there, and no play equipment, not much of anything, yet on a wet day (it seemed to have rained that morning, or in recent days) got the greenest greenery and some reasonable light for the photos. Although there is just this one leafless tree in one of the parks, which looked spectacular, that aside it was just lots of bird and leafy tree life. All three parks are known as Roseglen Street Park but are given an accompanying number, for example, the smallest park in Brisbane is Roseglen Street Park (number 54A), the bushland park at 34 Jordan Street is officially (number 34) and the larger park at 38 Roseglen Street is called (number 30). That naming is sourced from the datasets at the city council pages, which I also used to research Brisbane's smallest parks. Photos in order of the walk's progress.
This parkland is onto a creek with the freeway and busway adjacent. It is quite spacious and extends further from 38 Roseglen Street, which like 54A is a small space between two properties. Except at 38 Roseglen is a steeper hill and concrete walkway. It doesn't extend far, however, you can tread through the grass and walk ahead. I don't think this is a good activity for excess amounts of wet weather, as there was evidence of the creek overflowing, so recent weather is pushing it, made it all muddy, but drier weather is good, but that allowed me to realise that because in dry weather it is not as obvious. There is no access bridges nor extra paths from this park, the only path I saw was from between 36 and 40 Roseglen streets (so the actual 38 Roseglen, even though by the book the entire park is 38 Roseglen). The reason I say access bridge is I thought the bikeway might link to a bridge that then linked to the park, but upon visiting, believe that is definitely not the case.
It's still much fun and it's safe enough, but keep in mind it is mainly for local bushcare planters and street residents - it's just a small enough place to walk the dog and concentrate on the environment. But in my opinion, it's a safe walk and the only issues I could think of are mosquitos and magpies. But then again, you get that near most creek wetlands. I had a long jumper on that day so mosquito wise, it wasn't going to matter, and it's just out of swooping season, or the worst of it at least, so the birdlife was delightful. The street had character, it had a blend of different styles, and some brand new unit blocks built on it, with some finishing touches being applied to one block near Jordan Street.
Walking path and creek vegetation.
Path near access point on 38 Roseglen Street.
Path up to access point on 38 Roseglen Street.
Path down to Park from 38 Roseglen Street at street level.
Third park at 34 Jordan Street and back to Logan Road
This is mainly bushland but does occupy quite some space. It's great to see so much tree life in somewhere so close to the city, and the pictures below show some points to help get one's bearings, and then back to Logan Road for the long bus trip home. There doesn't seem to be an access point for this parkland, not from Jordan nor Roseglen, and it just looks like a jungle around a creek. Hopefully, the photos give a better idea of what part of Roseglen it is located, and how when Jordan merges to Roseglen. The road is very winding and narrow, seeing that means you are at the bushland park of 34 Jordan Street, or also known as Roseglen Street Park (number 34).
At the bend where Jordan and Roseglen meet is the bushland (third) Roseglen Street park.