The National Capital Authority (NCA) last week announced funding for improvements to revitalise Commonwealth Park in the heart of Canberra.
The funding, allocated for a ‘spruce up’, will also allow for increased visitor amenities to cater for growing demand for use of the park.
NCA Chief Executive Sally Barnes said the NCA’s commitment to invest $500,000 over the next three years will include “improvements to outdoor furniture, right through to irrigation, event needs and enhancements to the Stage 88 precinct to improve the visitor experience”.
The improvements will focus on pathways and how visitors use and access the park.
“We will be looking at where the pathways go and how people move around the park. We want to make sure that this infrastructure will suit park users and will work with groups like Pedal Power on how cyclists use these pathways,” Ms Barnes said.
She said while the NCA will undertake maintenance and upgrade works, they will also be looking at what is currently in Commonwealth Park and options for what could be included in the park in future.
“We are looking at the current infrastructure within the park with third party events in mind, so that larger events can continue to be held in Commonwealth Park without compromising the sustainability and environmental considerations of the park that make it one of the leading venues to hold an outdoor event in Canberra.”
Commonwealth Park is home to Floriade each year, as well as a number of outdoor events such as Spilt Milk music festival, Canberra Carols by Candlelight, Skyfire and other events throughout the year.
“We’re looking forward to working with event coordinators and receiving community feedback on the types of infrastructure and amenity improvements they would like to see, ensuring we work in consultation with those that already hold events in Commonwealth Park and to ensure we make modifications that enhance the park’s usability.”
The NCA have said any work would not disrupt Floriade. Planning for the flower festival typically starts in February each year, with preparations in the park usually beginning in March.
“We will work with the ACT Government to ensure that the upgrades to Commonwealth Park fit in with Floriade to ensure it is truly a world-class event,” Ms Barnes said.