Dickson’s best-known dining district has received a much-needed makeover as part of the City Renewal Authority’s Woolley St Project, bringing a vibrant, people-focused place to the Dickson community.
Developed as part of the Dickson Place Plan, the Woolley St Project is a range of improvements and installations along Woolley Street which will be trialled over the next seven weeks. The trial will inform more permanent upgrades in the future.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr launched the new temporary street improvements and installation works in Dickson’s dining district yesterday afternoon (26 September). Mr Barr said the ACT Government worked closely with the local community throughout last year to create a plan for Dickson to build upon its “strong established identity”.
“The community told us they wanted things like festivals, community activities and public street changes along Woolley St,” Mr Barr said. “The trials have been designed to focus on people, encouraging visitors to linger, enjoy the space and engage with the community and local businesses in different ways.
“This government is committed to delivering a better Dickson for businesses and the community. The feedback we receive will help guide long-term changes to revitalise this important area of our city precinct.”
Some of these initial trials to spice up Dickson include a large entry installation, street furniture, play equipment, cherry blossom trees, festoon lighting, a public al fresco dining area and converting a small stretch of parking bays into short-stay bays for convenient, quick takeaway pickups.
The gateway, designed by Jodie Cunningham Art, welcomes visitors to Woolley Street and builds upon the local eat-street character.
The eastern footpath of Woolley St is being widened to accommodate an outdoor eating area, while pavilions will provide shade and shelter, and a place for friends and families to gather, eat takeaway or just stop and stay in the street for longer.
The existing lights will be repainted and dressed up with coloured panels and solar festoon lighting will be hung in the canopies to add another layer of ambient lighting.
Colourful street murals on the footpaths by Jodie Cunningham Art, coloured umbrellas and furniture and fun seating and play elements, inspired by the noodle bowl – a popular dish associated with Woolley Street – will bring more colour and fun to the street.
The street will also be greened with plants and a temporary lawn area.
From mid-October, there will be some additional project trials including building a plaza at the Woolley St corner to host events and activities in the street such as a community concert, martial arts demonstration, takeaway movie night, ping pong tournament, night markets, paper festival and bonsai workshop, and the first Great Woolley Street Feast.
For more information, including a list of events, click here.