3 July 2017

ACT gov launches competition for new micro parks

| Ian Bushnell
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The Canberra community will be able to design and choose a new pop-up space to help reinvigorate Garema Place and other parts of the city through a competition launched by the ACT Government.

Minister for Transport and City Services, Meegan Fitzharris said the micro-parks project sought to make Canberra’s small city spaces more inviting, usable and approachable.

She said the public would be asked to submit both designs and feedback on designs, with the most popular choice to be set up in Garema Place.

She said Transport Canberra and City Services would install the winning design in Garema Place for two months and it then may be moved to other locations in the city.

“This project calls on the community to rethink how we use our public spaces and how we might better utilise them for a new or different purpose,” Ms Fitzharris said.

“If you have noticed a space which might be better used and have a good idea as to how we can make your plans happen, this competition is the perfect outlet.

“You don’t need to be a professional to pitch ideas – but we would like you to be innovative, creative and practical to help us find better uses for our suburban spaces.”

Ms Fitzharris said a landscape architect would develop and construct the most popular design, in consultation with the person or group who made the winning submission.

The design submissions would be shortlisted by a jury and then put to a community vote to decide a winner.

Submissions would be accepted until 28 July 2017 and construction of the micro park was expected to commence in October.

What would you like to see in Garema Place and other spaces in the city?

Visit www.yoursay.act.gov.au to view the design competition guidelines. To pitch your idea, email TCCSpitchyourpark@act.gov.au.

Photo: The ACT Government wants your ideas to liven up the city’s urban spaces. Photo supplied by Transport Canberra and City Services.

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