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Playground upgrades in ACT Budget

By emd 4 June 2007 12

ABC News online says that the ACT Budget will include upgrades to various Canberra parks.

I wanted to know if that includes our local park. So I tried the, the Environment department website, and the ACT Government’s media releases website, and got nothing.

Where has this story come from, and anyone know more about the full list of parks being fitted out?

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caf 5:58 pm 05 Jun 07

The list of parks to be upgraded is in the Budget:

Eddison Park, John Knight District Park, Point Hut Pond District Park, Fadden Pines, Lennox Gardens, Glebe Park, Gowrie, Kambah District Park, Yerrabi Pond District Park, Bruce, Florey, Kaleen, Lyneham, Oaks Estate, Wanniassa, Gilmore and Chifley.

PS There used to be a pretty cool park with a rocket thing at Isaacs.

Thumper 8:11 am 05 Jun 07

Ginninderra is actually Umbagong (sp?) park, I think. It was dark when I drove past the sign last night.

Weston park used to be the best with it’s tree house bridges and stuff.

Stuff is good you know 😉

soulman 12:35 am 05 Jun 07

I used to like Weston Park. But what’s down there these days. Vandalism has seen a lot of the free standing structures destroyed or removed. And there’s only so many times one can go in the maze and on the train.

And I’m surprised no one has mentioned the Lanyon Adventure Playground and foreshore. Great equipment and BBQ area. The wildlife are friendly and entertaining. Or Fadden Pines. Just watch for trip wires.

Mr Evil 5:15 pm 04 Jun 07

Hargreaves is probably planning a ‘drink and drive’ merry-go-round, and a greasy ‘Al Grassby’ slide with obligatory concrete feet at the bottom.

Lessa 4:20 pm 04 Jun 07

I’ve always referred to the one at Ginninderra Creek as “The Rocket Park”. I remember when it had the giant slide too!

Thumper 3:45 pm 04 Jun 07

Ginninderra Creek has a flying fox.

Not sure of the name of the park.

emd 3:29 pm 04 Jun 07

I like Weston Park in Yarralumla – there’s ducks, sculptures to climb, water play area near the covered BBQ’s in the cafe/train area, as well as the usual swings etc.

Nara Grove/Black Mountain Peninsula has an amazing variety of playground equipment – some covered. Only problem is I look stupid climbing into it to drag a kicking/screaming toddler out when it’s time to go home.

The park on Throssell Street in Curtin has a little climbing wall for toddlers.

Corroboree Park in Ainslie has a cricket pitch, basketball court, play equipment, tennis club (fees payable), community hall, BBQs, and the grass gets watered even during drought due to the heritage listed gumtrees (planted in 1925).

GnT 3:17 pm 04 Jun 07

So where are the best playgrounds around Canberra?

My personal favourites are John Knight Park, Western Foreshores at Lake Ginninderra, and the mushroom at Belconnen Markets.

Thumper 2:33 pm 04 Jun 07

About time I’d say. A lot of the park playground equipment is in terrible condition.

A good move.

caf 2:30 pm 04 Jun 07

A flying fox at John Knight Park, very cool indeed.

virgil99 2:22 pm 04 Jun 07

About time i think.
While many of the parks remain good, the footpaaths and bike paths are awful. Very hard for small kids on bikes, and older folk with wheelchairs.

Kramer 1:27 pm 04 Jun 07

As the parent of a toddler/small-terrorist and a baby/soon-to-be-toddler, I would be keen to know too. Also I am a big fan of the parks with the pool fencing around them – helps keep the kids in and the stray dogs & kiddie fiddlers out.

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