Fresh paint, new furniture and a winter ‘clean and green’ is brightening up Civic and Braddon to make the city more welcoming and attractive.
The City Renewal Authority facelift covers City Walk, Petrie Plaza, Garema Place, Ainslie Place and Lonsdale Street and includes the much-loved merry-go-round and the recent installation of more than 100 pieces of new furniture.
The Authority says the merry-go-round pavilion has had a fresh coat of paint with bright pops of blue, pink and yellow on its exterior, as well as being illuminated at night by new interior and exterior lighting.
In partnership with Transport Canberra and City Services, 39 new street trees have been planted around the city centre and Braddon to provide shade and reduce urban heat during summer.
A thorough ‘clean and green’ is also under way with pavers and paths being fixed and jet-cleaned, garden beds weeded and mulched, and furniture being cleaned.
A $1,166,000 contract has just been awarded to Able Landscaping to complete verge upgrades along parts of Mort Street including demolition works; pedestrian pavements; drainage; lighting; landscaping and street furniture.
City Renewal Authority acting chief executive Craig Gillman said a new lawn area and lawn games, flower planters, tables, chairs, benches and foosball tables have been installed in City Walk, Petrie Plaza, Garema Place and Ainslie Place.
A large colourful ground mosaic in Garema Place was also being repainted.
“Civic’s public places provide a meeting space for everyone in the community. Ensuring these are spaces that encourage people to visit, spend time in and make connections is key to creating a successful place,’” Mr Gillman said.
“In order to create an appealing and welcoming space, you need to have the right ingredients. The addition of street furniture, greenery, colour, lighting and an extensive cleaning program will assist in enlivening the city centre, hopefully encouraging the community to spend more time in these spaces.”
Upgrades to the Canberra Times Fountain are next on the list, with new lighting to illuminate the fountain to be installed within the next few weeks.