Back in 2005 we noted that York Park had been saved from conversion into a car park thanks to the lobbying of the Liberal’s Senator Gary Humphries.
While it looks like just a scraggly copse of oaks planted too close together the historical significance is pretty huge. They were planted in 1927 by the then Duke and Duchess of York (ok, at least some of them were) who were out here for the opening of parliament house. Through the historical accident of the abdication crisis that couple became King George VI and Elizabeth, the recently departed Queen Mother.
Last time I was in the National Museum they gold plated shovels used for the planting day were on display.
With plans underway back in 2004 to convert two thirds of the trees into offices and car parks it’s really pleasing to see the ship get turned around on this one.
The National Capital Authority has now announced the start of works to make the park into the sort of place people might actually want to go.
- Low-height perimeter walls, paths and associated landscape works will be built to protect the heritage listed plantation.
NCA Executive Director, Andrew Smith said the new works will also improve public access and amenity.
‘The upgrade works will create a park which is unique in Canberra, for everyone to enjoy.’
Hopefully the upgrade will remind future bureaucrats of the significance of the site.