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Commonwealth Park to be ‘spruced up’ with $500k upgrades

By Lachlan Roberts 6 December 2018 21

A half-a-million-dollar upgrade is coming to Commonwealth Park. File photo.

Commonwealth Park is set for a $500,000 upgrade after the National Capital Authority announced funding to “spruce up” the park and its facilities.

NCA Chief Executive Sally Barnes said the three-year project will include an array of improvements from outdoor furniture and the precinct’s toilets to upgrades to the irrigation system.

As well as undertaking maintenance and upgrades, the NCA said it will take a broader look at not only what is currently in Commonwealth Park, but also look at upgrades that might lure more events to the park.

Ms Barnes said the makeover would also enhance the Stage 88 precinct to improve visitors’ experience and will work with the ACT Government to ensure that the upgrades to Commonwealth Park fit in with Floriade.

“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,” Ms Barnes said.

“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.”

Ms Barnes said the NCA will work in consultation with organisers that hold events in Commonwealth Park to ensure the makeover enhances the park’s usability.

The NCA is also looking at safety and convenience of the footpaths in the park with its different users and Ms Barnes said the NCA will consult with Pedal Power on how cyclists use the pathways.

The ACT’s cycling lobby group recently called on the Government to build separated cycleways for pedestrians and cyclists on the busiest sections of the shared paths around Lake Burley Griffin.

What upgrades would you like to see at Commonwealth Park? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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Margaret Freemantle 4:05 pm 09 Dec 18

Put the cash into the pool for another hospital- we need that more than stage 2 tram, more than anymore upgrades

Donna Burns 8:21 am 07 Dec 18

Or, spend the money in Civic itself, it’s looking so tired and needs help!

Mataio Thor-Sa 1:23 am 07 Dec 18

Wow things take long to be built these days, 3 yrs? Bloody hell

Amanda Rock 12:00 am 07 Dec 18

A couple of cafés

Amanda Rock 11:52 pm 06 Dec 18

Walking paths with shade in summer and well lit at night in winter.

Picnic tables.

Denise Fowler 10:10 pm 06 Dec 18

More regular litter patrols, I walk there most days and there is always lots of plastic bottles in among the waterbirds. As they degrade the waterbirds will ingest the plastic. Also more native grass and flowers to attract butterflies and bees. There is too much lawn there.

Annie Wyer 5:25 pm 06 Dec 18

Picnic spots with bbq’s,


flat grassy areas for children’s games and play equipment,

trees for summer shading along paths,

more cafes for workers,

sports training/exercise equipment for adults,

more water refill stations,

more toilets

etc etc etc...choose one or three

Alan James 4:21 pm 06 Dec 18

So the NCA can charge even more

Lexie Donald 3:19 pm 06 Dec 18

Free use of stage88 for fund raisers ?

Usable spaces including shock horror retail outlets like cafes and bars you know things people like

Paul Totterdell 1:16 pm 06 Dec 18


John Dale 12:42 pm 06 Dec 18

$500,000 in Canberra? That’ll get two bench seats and a nondescript tree. And still take three years.

Trace Hawker 12:23 pm 06 Dec 18

3 years... Wtf... Are they using the same crew that are still doing Coppins Crossing, William Hovell intersection...?

Jennifer Donohoe 12:11 pm 06 Dec 18

More places to refill drinking water bottles

Housh Fallah 11:48 am 06 Dec 18

Monorail, monorail, monorail

Matt Wheatley 11:47 am 06 Dec 18

more trees to grow and provide shade as the summers get hotter

May Day 11:46 am 06 Dec 18

I’d like to see it upgraded to Mayfield Garden....Now there’s a great example of a beautiful cool climate garden.

Andrew Reisinger 11:45 am 06 Dec 18

🌴Plant native palms🌴🌴 (Livistona varieties etc) and exotic varieties such as Mexican Fans, Canary Island Date (Phoenix varieties), Chinese Windmill, European Fan, Silver Queen, Bismarkia, Californian Fan and Pindo palms 🌴🌴 Exotics will showcase our multiculturalism 👍🏼

Canberra will always be a gorgeous national capital city and is only getting better. “WE R CBR”!!

Belconnen is the most beautiful satellite city in the ACT and is only getting better. Go ACT!! 🤩🍾🥂☀️🌴😍

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