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Work begins on #WodenExperiment to rejuvenate Town Square

Ian Bushnell 31 January 2019 4

Work is under way in the Woden Town Square on a project to bring new life to the space. Photo: Woden Community Service.

The fences have gone up around Woden Town Square as installation of furniture and the building of infrastructure begins on a six-month experiment to inject new life into an inhospitable space that has declined in use over the years.

The ACT-Government-funded #WodenExperiment is a temporary revamp of the square that will include a stage for community performances, smart benches with phone and laptop charging, flexible table settings next to areas set aside for pop-up food and drink vendors, turf areas with sun loungers and an outdoor table tennis facility.

Construction, by building firm Built, is expected to take a month, with the new-look square opening to the community in March.

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

It is also recruiting a ‘dynamic, energetic’ Community Development Project Officer to take charge of this.

The concept design for the #WodenExperiment re-imagining of Woden Town Square.

Director for Service Access and Support at Woden Community Service, Kim Spinks said the project sought to give the community a comfortable place to socialise and relax, and not just pass through.

“WCS is aiming for a dynamic activation of the Woden Town Square and will be engaging with a wide range of community members and groups. A diverse range of activities, events and pop-ups will be on offer as well as the potential to hire spaces for private or community use,” she said.

The #WodenExperiment will have five hubs of activity, including a work hub, green dining space, community square, social lounge and timeout space.

Minister for City Services Chris Steel said last year when announcing the project that activating the Town Square was the next key step in the Woden Town Centre’s regeneration.

“We know the benefit of these type of activation projects, and like the #BackyardExperiment in Garema Place, they can draw people in, bring these places to life, and help inform permanent improvements to our public spaces,” he said.

“We’re also really interested to hear from people or organisations that are keen to curate an events program or who have ideas on how to activate the new spaces with events or other activities.”

To keep up with the Square’s progress go here.

If you would like to book the space for an event or activity contact WCS at: wodenexperiment@wcs.org.au


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4 Responses to Work begins on #WodenExperiment to rejuvenate Town Square
Lynne Bliss Lynne Bliss 5:02 pm 07 Feb 19

I would stop, linger and spend time with a book and coffee from the nearby library if The square is a comfortable place to be. I believe most people would utilise it if this was the outcome. I will give it a go. The proof will be in the pudding! I have lived in woden for 30 years and I well remember being blown inside out in winter and cooked in summer, but I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised. We really need a nice park/town square here.

Woden Community Service Woden Community Service 10:43 am 04 Feb 19

We are really excited to see this project come together and look forward to hearing from people who would like to use the space.

54-11 54-11 10:43 am 03 Feb 19

That area can be bitterly cold in winter and like a furnace in summer. Will it be any different after all this?

Michael Richer Michael Richer 6:59 pm 01 Feb 19

And what about putting the money wasted on this rubbish into schools and hospitals.

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