18 June 2014

Tuggeranong Town Park Master Plan available for public viewing

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Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced that the final master plan for Tuggeranong Town Park, which includes ideas for an enlarged picnic and barbecue area, upgraded play spaces and a new toilet block, is now available for public viewing.

“The needs of the community have significantly changed since the Town Park was opened in 1995 and, as a key recreational area for Tuggeranong, it is time that this important space received an upgrade,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“As Canberrans we value our parks and open spaces. As the community grows it is important to maintain these areas for all members of the community to enjoy.

“Consultation with the Tuggeranong community has been incorporated in the final design which will guide the future management, maintenance and upgrade of the park over the next five to ten years.

“Key recommendations incorporated in the final master plan include:
•improved pedestrian and cycle access in and around the park
•new entries into the formal garden from Anketell and Cowlishaw streets
•an activities area for young people that incorporates elements such as rock climbing walls to be located adjacent to the existing skate park
•redesign of the formal garden to provide an area for casual game play. This includes a level gravel playing surface, shelters, lighting and power outlets
•new lake edge path to improve access along the foreshore
•additional pergolas and park furniture
•enlarged and upgraded play space and picnic and barbecue area
•new interface to the skate park and upgrade of the facilities in the longer term including the construction of a stage for youth events
•new toilet building with modern amenities.

“$1million has been allocated for improvements that will be implemented in stages with construction scheduled to commence in December 2014.

“On completion of the upgrade, I’m sure Tuggeranong Town Park will not only continue to draw the people of Tuggeranong to its grounds for recreation activities such as walking, cycling and picnics, but will also attract the wider Canberra community,” Mr Rattenbury concluded.

The Tuggeranong Town Park final master plan is now available at the Tuggeranong Library on Cowlishaw Street in Tuggeranong and online at www.timetotalk.act.gov.au

(Shane Rattenbury media release)

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