5 September 2019

Three month Dickson project to revitalise Woolley Street

| Lachlan Roberts
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An entry gate, designed by Jodie Cunningham, at the southern entry to Woolley Street is part of the project. Photo: Lachlan Roberts.

A large gateway entry sign, picnic tables, play equipment, a public alfresco dining area, improved parking along with an array of events and activities will spice up Dickson over the next three months as part of the City Renewal Authority’s trial to revitalise Woolley Street.

Developed as part of the Dickson Place Plan, the Woolley St. Project will trial improvements to the accessibility and amenity of the public spaces in Dickson’s dining district.

Phase one of the project will see the construction of a decorative entry gate at the southern entry to Woolley Street, picnic tables, a temporary events pavilion and a long alfresco dining area for public use.

The project will see a stretch of parking bays converted into short-stay bays for convenient quick takeaway pickups and will also trial modifications to traffic flow and parking in the Dickson centre to alleviate the crowded and often logjammed street.

The initial stage, which is set to be completed by mid-October, will also install festoon lighting, cherry blossom trees, short-stay parklets and other interactive installations along the dining precinct.

This parking will be converted into short-stay parking spots. Photo: Lachlan Roberts.

From mid-October, the project will run an array of activities and events as the nights get warmer such as a community concert, martial arts demonstration, takeaway movie night, ping pong tournament, night markets, paper festival and bonsai workshop, culminating in a Great Woolley Street Banquet.

City Renewal Authority chief Malcolm Snow said the project, which is set to run until 10 November, will test a range of temporary improvements to public spaces along the street.

“The City Renewal Authority worked closely with the local community to create the Dickson Place Plan, a road map to strengthen and improve Dickson’s identity as the area continues to evolve and grow,” Mr Snow said.

“Some of the actions in the plan, developed in consultation with the community, included festivals, smaller events, public streetscape changes along Woolley Street, and public art.”

The City Renewal Authority's outline for the project. Image: Supplied.

The City Renewal Authority’s outline for the project. Image: Supplied.

Mr Snow said the Woolley Street Project will trial public space upgrades and activities to help inform more permanent long-term improvements.

“The activities and events have been designed to encourage both residents and visitors to explore and engage with local businesses,” he said. “The feedback from all our temporary projects will give us important information to inform the long-term renewal of the area.

“Together, we hope to create a better, brighter Dickson for people to work, live, play and experience, now and into the future.”

For more information, including a list of events, click here.

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The restaurants are too big, the rents too high and the streets should be closed. Small restaurants and bars, street hawkers, night markets, street performers et al, that’s the way to go. Provide some open air music to attract people and let’s live a little. Dickson is easy to get to for a lot of people, they just need a reason to go there.

It is about time for government to spend some money to improve the the look of the city. Look at our city, the quality of the open space is just shameful.

China town used to be busy. Soon to be ghost town as rates and rents go up.
You don’t get the effort put in past the lake. Tuggeranong is merely buying votes and inner south is pollies spending on themselves.

This is great! Canberra really needs to try some new ideas in the public space. Some ideas might fail, but still better than doing nothing to make a change. We are so tired of the relentless brick pavers and empty garden beds (is this really a garden city?)

Martial arts, ping pong and bonsai. Stereotype much?

Is this why parking in Dickson went from $2 to $3 an hour? Oh and that colourful gate is made of cloth over a scaffold and parts of it are already unravelling. Please, Andrew Barr, not another fiasco to rival the $1.5 million container centre built on the old Futsal slab!

Cautiously positive, Woolley St has turned into a wasteland recently with a myriad of restaurants closing up. Hope the trial extends beyond 3 months and people won’t be too put off by the extra limitations on parking.

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