Margaret Timpson Park is the perfect location for the Civic Merry-Go-Round to celebrate its 100th birthday in 2014. That was the unanimous decision of the Belconnen Community Council committee on Wednesday night.
The decision was in response to Chief Minister Katy Gallagher’s comment that the merry-go-round’s horses and elephants are lonely and need a new home where more little riders will visit them.
“Belconnen would certainly use and value this historic tourist attraction, and it would entertain families that use the Town Centre” Belconnen Community Council President Robyn Coghlan said today.
“Since the community consultation process over the future of Margaret Timpson Park finished in 2005, we haven’t heard back from the Government on what they proposed to do with Margaret Timpson Park. So we are asking the Chief Minister to consider relocating the Civic Merry-Go-Round to family-friendly Belconnen.”
“The park is a perfect location. It’s between the Shopping Centre and the Library, and the Canberra Connect Office attracts a lot of parents with their children in tow. We also believe that it would make Margaret Timpson Park an attraction and bring more families and children into the Belconnen area.”
“The park is a lovely green space in the middle of the town centre but, apart from workers walking through it during the day and the odd festival, it is largely underutilised. The relocation of the Merry-Go-Round to Margaret Timpson Park could benefit everyone by preserving Canberra’s history and attracting more people to a beautiful part of Belconnen.”