6 November 2017

Public decides name for West Basin's new public park

| Ian Bushnell
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An artist’s impression of what will be Henry Rolland Park at West Basin. Image: Supplied.

The new public park being constructed at West Basin on Lake Burley Griffin will be named in honour of an architect from Canberra’s formative years.

The City Renewal Authority said Henry Maitland Rolland OBE had topped a four-entry public poll to choose a name for the new park.

Rolland was a resident architect in Canberra during 1912-16, working mainly on the construction of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

He was later the Chief Architect in the Federal Capital Commission, from 1925-27, tasked with overseeing the construction of the new city and its centrepiece, the provisional Parliament House.

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Architect Henry Rolland. Photo: Supplied.

The Authority said ‘Henry Rolland Park’ collected 684 votes out of a total of 1,495 votes received in the online poll held between 24 September and 27 October.

It said the other three shortlisted candidates – John Gale (548 votes), Dame Sylvia Crowe (219 votes) and John McLoughlin (44 votes) – would still be considered by the ACT Place Names Committee for other sites to commemorate their important legacies.

The new park at West Basin is expected to be open early next year.

Part of the first stage of the ACT Government’s redevelopment of West Basin, the park, and the recently constructed first 150 metres of a boardwalk, significantly improved public access to an area that was previously mostly a car park, the Authority said.

Stage two of the West Basin redevelopment would consist of 500 metres of boardwalk which will form part of a future 55 metre-wide public promenade.

The four shortlisted names for the park were selected by the ACT Place Names Committee and reflected significant contributions to the development and growth of the Canberra region.

The Authority said the poll results would be provided to the committee, which will then make a recommendation to the ACT Government about the naming of the new park.

A short video about Henry Maitland Rolland OBE:

What do you think of the name ‘Henry Rolland Park’ for the new park at West Basin? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

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I’m all for public spaces but shouldn’t we have spent this money on our ailing hospital system.

Throwing money at health won’t fix any underlying issues. It’s a rather simplistic viewpoint to say spend money on health and education without actually targeting where that money is spent. I mean to say health is already 1/4 of the total territory budget.

Bruce Harvey10:38 am 07 Mar 18

I agree that the park should be named after Henry Rolland to recognise publicly the role he and many others played in developing our beautiful city. I wonder when Sir John Overall will be similarly recognised for the contribution the NCDC played in creating Canberra which is sadly being being ruined by a lack of his planning vision.

GOODTHINKING9911:19 am 27 Feb 18

Call it “REST IN PARK” – Walter Burley Griffin -Territory Plan, now roll over and play dead.

Where’s the beach?
And if there’s no beach, what do we do once we get there?

Should have been named waste of money park! The carpark was there for a reason, it was required for events around the lake. The very ugey and expensive concrete boardwalk has replaced what used to be a nice lakeside walk with grass and trees, no to mention you can now only access west basin from one direction. What a shambles the sooner this govt goes the better

Anything wrong with multitude of other car parks within easy walking distance of regatta point? The number of carparks lost is minimal.

Shrek Thetroll7:28 am 23 Jan 18

I’m just glad it got a name that civilised people can actually pronounce.

Robert Smith-Williams11:21 am 06 Feb 18

Yeah, not something silly like “McLoughlin”.

As for all those “John”s …

Yeah, I’ve always laughed at that spelling “McLaughlan”. I’ve always thought it should be pronounced “McLarflan”.

West Basin Park

I’m glad nobody suggested Parky McParkface.

Doris Andrews11:14 pm 19 Mar 18

Careful, don’t give them any ideas.

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