It looks like a park to me Caroline

johnboy 22 July 2011 8

city hill

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur has, albeit backhandedly, declared City Hill is not a park.

It’s in the context of complaints that a patch of land near, but not part of, Glebe Park is being turned into a car park.

She had this to say:

“Glebe Park is our only real city Park and we should keep it intact.

Which is odd because when your RiotACT editor takes his lunch on City Hill, on one of the many park benches, he most certainly feels like he’s in a park.

Wikipedia thinks it’s a park.

But while we’re on the subject… Commonwealth Park in all its vast glory is separated from Civic by, wait for it, a short foot bridge!

Doesn’t count as a city park?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Glebe Park.

But considering they knocked down half the historic glebe to build a casino it seems odd to be getting emotional about a patch that isn’t actually part of the park, and claiming it’s the only city park when in fact Civic has a huge other park on prominent high ground.

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8 Responses to It looks like a park to me Caroline
grunge_hippy grunge_hippy 5:17 pm 22 Jul 11

and on any given night there are dodgy goings on by drunk people stumbling up from mooseheads….

not that I would know anything about that….


I-filed I-filed 2:34 pm 22 Jul 11

Glebe Park doesn’t feel like a park – it feels like “Glebe Gardens” being walled ‘n all. Unfortunately “Glebe Park” is long gone – since Canberra’s “anti-history, anti-gardens” government got hold of it some 15 years ago.

ma7trlb ma7trlb 2:03 pm 22 Jul 11

johnboy said :

Cross the traffic lights at the intersection of London Circuit and Northbourne Ave!

… which is a long way from the cluster of government buildings between Farrell Pl and Gordon St…

PBO PBO 2:01 pm 22 Jul 11

Then we just declare Caroline Le Couteur, Greens Planning spokesperson is not an MLA. that should fix the problem quickly.

johnboy johnboy 1:54 pm 22 Jul 11

You’d be surprised how many people are up there having lunch, doing bootcamp, sitting in the sun, on a nice day.

davo101 davo101 1:52 pm 22 Jul 11

I think the Wikipedia article summarises quite well:

The park is centrally located and well-known, but it is rarely visited as it is away from shops and public areas and is difficult to access because it is surrounded by a major road.

johnboy johnboy 1:46 pm 22 Jul 11

Cross the traffic lights at the intersection of London Circuit and Northbourne Ave!

ma7trlb ma7trlb 1:45 pm 22 Jul 11

now if there was only an easy way to actually get to city hill (without dicing with death in the traffic) – it would become a nicer place to hang out. As a former city west worker, it was but a stones throw from our glassed edifice, and not a bad place to hang. Maybe whoever builds on Section 63 will be so kind as to provide a skybridge…

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