One of the most visible scars left behind by the 2011 floods has almost healed over.
Three and a half years after it was washed away, Brisbane’s Riverwalk will return on Sunday 21 September.
Brisbane City Council has confirmed the 900-metre river path will once again connect New Farm with the CBD. More than 3000 cyclists and pedestrians are expected to make use of it every day.
The Riverwalk’s resurrection has been a long time coming. It was originally scheduled for completion by mid-year, but — appropriately enough — unforeseen river conditions slowed construction.
The new Riverwalk has been built to withstand the strongest of floods, and is designed to last for 100 years. It won’t be an exact replica of its predecessor — it will now include an opening span that will operate for five minutes at a time to allow vessels to pass through.
The new alignment will take the walkway further out onto the river, in a bid to improve the river experience for users and increase privacy for riverside residents.
All told, the reconstruction project has come with a $72 million price tag. Though the project has been overseen by the council, it’s been funded by flood recovery cash from the federal and state governments.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has said a community event will be held to officially open the new structure — stay tuned for more info.