Raymond Park Upgrades As Brisbane Prepares To Be Olympic-ready

Kangaroo Point’s Raymond Park will receive an upgrade, thanks to the $50 million boost to sporting facilities across Brisbane, as part of the preparations to make it an Olympic-ready city.

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Brisbane is unofficially selected to host the 2032 Summer Games and is expected to be confirmed on 21 July 2021, before Tokyo 2020 officially kicks off. 

Kangaroo Point’s Raymond Park will be used as a warm-up field for athletes if Brisbane was chosen to host the 2032 Olympics. The Council has already allocated the fund to improve the fields that will be used by the Kangaroo Point Rovers Football Club and the Brisbane City Quidditch Club.

“The inner-city Raymond Park will receive $287,000 to improve the fields which are used by many sporting groups including the Kangaroo Point Rovers and the Brisbane City Quidditch Club,” Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner announced.

Kangaroo Point Rovers Football Club at Raymond Park (Photo credit: Kangaroo Point Rovers FC/Facebook)

In addition to Raymond Park, other parks in Brisbane will also receive the much-needed upgrades, including Chelmer Sports Ground, Giffin Park in Coorparoo, Emerson Park at the Grange.

Aside from upgrades to existing facilities, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner also announced that a new sports park will be built at Nudgee. Construction works for the $16 million Nudgee Recreation Reserve improvement project is set to start in late 2021.

Raymond Park is known for its irregularity in shape because of the presence of Pineapple Hotel in the South. And because of the hotel, it was formerly known as Pineapple Park or Pineapple Ground. In 1915, the park had its official name, in honour Alfred John Raymond who was Alderman in Kangaroo Point for a long time and a Brisbane Mayor in 1912.