Flood-damaged Kalinga Park Rebuilt, Now Open

Almost half a year after catastrophic floods closed Kalinga Park, it finally reopened last August, with an event attended by residents and their kids.

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Brisbane City Council reopened the park for the first time since February 2022, when it was closed due to fallen trees and debris.

Councillor Adam Allan joined locals in the reopening of the park on 27 August 2022, where there was face painting, a coffee van and a sausage sizzle.

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Photo credit: Councillor Adam Allan/Facebook

Brisbane’s parks are slowly reopening as part of the city’s Rebuild and Recover program. As of July 2022, around 297 out of 1,072 damaged playgrounds are under repair, with only 15 remaining out of service.

Kalinga park was hard-hit by the severe weather earlier this year, leaving the play equipment and the BBQ as well as the brook damaged beyond recovery.

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The park following the February 2022 flooding (Photo credit: Councillor Adam Allan/Facebook)

The first stage of the rebuild and recovery for Kalinga Park involved identifying what can be restored and removing what can’t whilst the second stage involved designing the layout for a playground that has greater flood resilience.

About Kalinga Park

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Photo credit: Councillor Adam Allan/Facebook

A fixture in Kalinga since 1910, Kalinga Park (previously known as Anzac Memorial Park) is one of the most popular parks in the suburb because of its many facilities.

Located at 48 Kalinga Street, the park is equipped with playgrounds, picnic area/shelters, barbecue, basketball half court, bikeway, car park, cricket field, cultural heritage site, hockey fields, outdoor fitness/exercise trail, path network, public toilet, and tennis courts.

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It also features a dog off-lease area for small dogs along Bertha St, which comes with bubbler, tap/dog bowl.

The park is home to Brisbane Petanque Club, Queensland Miniature Race Car Club, and the Wooloowin Scouts.