Conrad Gargett Designs Brisbane’s Sports and Recreation Facilities

Brisbane City Council’s new Darra BMX facility, designed in partnership with Conrad Gargett and DirtzTrack, officially launched on 4 May.

The competition-grade BMX facility has been designed to cater for all users ranging from young children and beginners, to professional riders. It comprises tracks for recreational riding and freestyle jumps for more advanced riders. It features an asphalted track with entry level, intermediate and advanced runs; two shade shelters; pathways; sub-tropical landscaping including trees, groundcovers and turf; lighting; toilet facilities; drinking fountains and rubbish bins. The facility is free for users.

Conrad Gargett’s Principal and Head of Landscape Architecture, Katharina Nieberler-Walker, stated, “We were privileged to contribute to this wonderful facility which will encourage children, adolescents and adults to connect and be active outdoors. The track has two loops – one for children, and one for adolescents, adults and professional riders. We look forward to seeing the smiles on the riders’ faces as they experience the enjoyment and exhilaration of riding on the track.”

Nieberler-Walker is passionate about delivering people-orientated places that integrate landscape architecture with the built environment to inspire an active lifestyle and enhance human health, healing, rehabilitation and well-being. She is a Director on the national Board of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).

This bespoke facility is part of Council’s commitment to enhancing community access to facilities that support community participation and deliver vibrant, liveable communities.

Conrad Gargett has designed and delivered a range of sports and recreation facilities for the public and private sectors, from large scale sportsfields, stadiums and entertainment precincts, through to bespoke specialist training facilities, aquatic and fitness centres, and gymnasium complexes. The practice’s landscape architecture expertise has contributed significantly to the enduring design outcomes of these amenities to create meaningful places for people.