Woden Town Square will be transformed into a re-activated space for performance, play and work under a new concept design released on Sunday (9 September), and set for a February-2019 launch.
The vision for the #WodenExperiment – a six-month place-making project and landscaping installation for the Woden Town Square – has five hubs of activity, each with their own focus, including a work hub, green dining space, community square, social lounge and timeout space.
Key features include a stage for community performances, outdoor offices, smart benches with phone and laptop charging, flexible table settings next to areas set aside for pop-up food and drink vendors, turf areas with sun loungers and even an outdoor table tennis facility.
Minister for City Services Chris Steel said that activating the central Town Square was the key next step in the Woden Town Centre’s regeneration.
“I am pleased to be able to release the #WodenExperiment draft concept design today and put out a call to the community for ideas and their involvement in creating a strong program of activation and events for the Woden Experiment,” he said.
“These spaces cater to diverse groups and will encourage people to pause and spend time in the square, rather than just pass through.”
The concept design was prepared by Context Landscape Design and informed by a Discovery Phase hosted by Street Furniture Australia.
“It responds to feedback from the community to improve the vibe of the Square, and create attractions of interest, shelter from the elements and places to eat,” Mr Steel said.
The Report on the discovery phase has also now been released on the Your Say website.
Mr Steel said that as a result of community feedback about the Square there had been a complete re-visioning of the space, and in order to achieve the best outcome for the project, the timing of the activation would now commence from February.
“We know the benefit of these type of activation projects, and like the #BackyardExperiment in Garema Place, they can draw people in, bring these places to life, and help inform permanent improvements to our public spaces,” he said.
“We’re also really interested to hear from people or organisations that are keen to curate an events program or who have ideas on how to activate the new spaces with events or other activities,” Mr Steel said.
Those interested in programming or running events and activities in the public space during the six-months of February to July 2019 can register their interest at www.yoursay.act.gov.au where the draft concept plan is also available.