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The centre today at Frew Park sees the Brisbane City Council rejuvenate the former Milton Tennis Centre and Milton Bowl site into a 3.5 hectare inner city parkland.

The site is located between Frew Street and Milton Road, Milton just minutes from the CBD, Toowong, Paddington, City Cat terminal and Milton Train Station


Construction of Frew Park started on Monday 21 October 2013 and is expected to be completed by late 2014, weather permitting.

Construction activities completed to the end of May 2014 include:

  • demolition and bulk earthworks to shape the parkland
  • installation of underground services, tennis court slabs and fencing
  • building work
  • carpark construction
  • playground footings
  • landscaping

Standard working hours for the project are 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday; however some Saturday works may be required to minimise traffic disruptions. Some after hours works may also be required. If this is the case, residents will be notified in advance.

Concept Plan

A concept plan was developed in context with other parks in the area, particularly Milton and Gregory Parks, with the aim of providing a range of facilities for the location. Park features include:

  • carpark
  • play space
  • open space
  • pathways
  • picnic facilities
  • six tennis courts to reflect the site’s history
  • two storey building to provide public amenities and premises to manage the tennis facility

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Download the Frew Park Final Concept Plan which includes a description of the key features:

Wendy Turnbull Green

On 3 June 2014, Council named the large open space in Frew Park, Wendy Turnbull Green, after one of Brisbane’s great sporting heroines and Queensland Sporting Hall of Fame inductee. Wendy was born and raised in Brisbane and was affectionately known as ‘Rabbit’ because of her court speed. She enjoyed success on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour as both a singles and doubles player.

Play space – ‘The Arena’

Council will construct a $1 million interactive play space in Frew Park called ‘The Arena’. The play space has been designed to suit children and young people from 10-15 years of age. Playgrounds in neighbouring suburbs primarily cater for younger children. Play areas for younger children are incorporated into the ground level of the Arena, along with features to cater for people of all abilities to enjoy play.

Construction of the play space commenced in May 2014 and will be completed by late 2014.

Council and project partners, The PlayWorks and Guymer Baily Architects, have combined architectural and play components to design a play space based on the former tennis court grandstand. The play space will include:

  • a large climbing wall
  • a large three metre wide, three metre high, slide
  • various angled surfaces for climbing
  • seating ledges for social interaction
  • climbing nets and cages, including a mesh cage eight metres off the ground
  • a large, curling, five metre high, slide

View these play space features in the artist’s impression of the proposed ‘The Arena’ below.

Artist impression of 'The Arena', Frew Park

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