A community campaign against planned changes to a beloved inner-Brisbane park has been labelled “scaremongering” by the local councillor overseeing the project.

But residents say they are simply asking to be part of a community-led masterplan for New Farm Park in the face of rapid population growth and high demand for green space.

One of Brisbane’s most popular public spaces and known for its rose gardens, New Farm Park sits next to the Brisbane Powerhouse and borders the Brisbane River.

During the pandemic lockdown it became a haven for residents unable to leave the city, and its ring road is regularly filled with double-parked cars on weekends.

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