Community playgrounds

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Key stats

Funding:

$11.3 million

Due date:

2024-25

Project status

  • Planning and Design

  • Community Engagement

  • Under Construction

  • Expected Project Completion

Have your say

Find out more about each play space, their designs and consultations at YourSay.

People of all ages will soon have new, fun, and creative places to play in their local areas.

The community is shaping ideas and designs for inspiring play activities and spaces. Once completed, the upgraded parks will offer unique, welcoming places across Canberra.

Children will be able to expand their imaginations, roam, and play in age-relevant areas. New amenities will encourage families and friends to come together to relax or be active.

Many of the spaces celebrate Ngunnawal culture with local artist Bradley Mapiva Brown contributing to the designs.

Project benefits

The community will benefit from:

  • imaginative and creative play spaces for people of all ages and abilities
  • beautiful, connected places to play, learn and celebrate Ngunnawal culture
  • natural spaces for family and friends to gather
  • open, shared spaces to relax or be active and develop community wellbeing.

Playground improvements

There will be six major upgrades and two new play spaces created in suburbs across our city. Most of the construction will take place in 2024.

Casey Community Recreation Park will create a space for the whole community to play and relax in nature. Find out more.

Improvements to the Point Hut Pond play space in Gordon will reflect Dhawura Ngunnawal (Ngunnawal Country). The region holds many ancient songlines (walking routes) that lead to sacred cultural sites. These include the Yankee Hat Rock Art at Namadgi. Also, the Rock Shelters at Birrigai, Tidbinbilla and Jedbinbilla. Plus, the Brindabella Mountains, the site of the annual Bogong Moth ceremony.

Bradley Mapiva Brown has created the playground's artwork to reflect Dhawura Ngunnawal. It features the sacred Murrumbidgee River and represents creation of songlines and ceremony.

Features will include:

  • climbing structure with slide
  • nature play area with balancing, climbing and Ngunnawal play elements
  • climbing nets that resemble fish traps used on the Murrumbidgee River
  • seating at the basketball courts, with artwork featured on the basketball backboards.

Find out more about this project on the City Services website.

Wakool Circuit playground in Kaleen is being upgraded with a water eco-system theme. This is inspired by the nearby stormwater and old creek system. The community has provided feedback that shaped the final design.

Features include:

  • new play equipment such as climbing structures and balancing equipment
  • new facilities such as furniture, and shade sail
  • new pathways to improve safety and access for everyone
  • nature play areas.

Stay up to date with the progress of this project on the City Services website.

Lyons Oval playground in Lyons is being upgraded. It will have a unique theme which reflects a forest and is inspired by the surrounding trees and colours. The community has provided feedback that shaped the final design.

The current play space will be relocated closer to Launceston Street near the local shops.

Features include:

  • new play equipment such as climbing structures and balancing equipment
  • new facilities such as furniture, and shade trees
  • new shade sail and pathways to improve safety and access for everyone
  • nature play areas.

Stay up to date with the progress of this project on the City Services website.

A new destination style play space will be built in the Inner North. The community provided input which has shaped the final design.

The new play space will be in the green space adjacent to the Canberra Technology Park in Watson. The Glossy Black-Cockatoo and its habitat has inspired the design. The striking features of these cockatoos and their local habitat will guide the colours used.

Features include:

  • play elements with shade
  • exercise equipment
  • grassed areas
  • 3-phase power
  • two multi-use courts
  • one accessible toilet and change room
  • nature play
  • path connections
  • drinking fountains, barbecues and bins
  • furniture
  • over 100 new trees
  • 18 car spaces, including two accessible spaces
  • bike parking and a bike repair station.

Stay up to date on the progress of this project on the City Services website.

Find out more

If you have questions about these projects, please email the project team at communityengagement@act.gov.au.

For more information, including project updates, visit the City Services website.

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