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Revamped Woden Town Square the shape of things to come

Ian Bushnell 4 March 2019 12

The new-look Woden Town Square aims to be a place where people will want to be. Photos: Ian Bushnell.

A transformed Woden Town Square will be opened to the public on Wednesday (6 March) when the new upgrades featuring picnic settings, activity and event spaces, and play opportunities will be ready for use.

The six-month Woden Experiment is part of an overall plan to make the ACT’s public spaces more attractive and interesting.

Minister for City Services Chris Steel said the project was a genuine experiment. “If the installations work we’ll make them permanent, if not we’ll go back to the drawing board,” he said.

Mr Steel said the Government hoped that the upgrades to the square would attract more people to use what is a challenging and often windy space.

“The ACT Government is also upgrading public spaces in other Town Centres but the Woden Experiment is important because following an evaluation of the project’s impact it will help inform a new place making guide to be used for other projects in Canberra,” he said.

The new square features furniture suitable for gatherings, irrigated and artificial grass, a nature play space, two workshop and community hubs with smart benches and stage space for activities and performances.

“This isn’t just a physical installation, there will be a program of activities and events to taking place during the next six months utilising the new stage area,” Mr Steel said.

Woden Community Service has been contracted to promote the space and bring community activities into the square and is the first point of call for booking the space for events and activities.

If you would like to book the space for an event or activity contact WCS at:

There are still opportunities for organisations, groups and individuals to register their ideas and availability for activities and events during the Experiment. For more information on the Woden Experiment and to register, visit

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12 Responses to Revamped Woden Town Square the shape of things to come
Edd Wardo Jones Edd Wardo Jones 8:04 pm 04 Mar 19

Bout time

Kurt Neist Kurt Neist 5:03 pm 04 Mar 19

I miss the big pond.

Actually I miss all Canberra’s defunct water features.

Ben Roberts Ben Roberts 3:13 pm 04 Mar 19

Well, it’s empty. That’s accurate.

MD Carol MD Carol 3:08 pm 04 Mar 19

I was there today, and it's still a building site. It doesn't look ready to be open on Wednesday.

Annabelle Chalker Annabelle Chalker 2:59 pm 04 Mar 19

It always had such potential - glad it's bring used and I look forward to visiting.

Eric Tenthorey Eric Tenthorey 2:23 pm 04 Mar 19

Bretto Spaghetto time to buy in Woden!

Gwynn Mae Gwynn Mae 2:16 pm 04 Mar 19

It looks great!

Michael Barnes Michael Barnes 2:10 pm 04 Mar 19

About time someone polished the turd hopefully it is respected and utilised as intended.

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