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Your chance to have a say on eight new parks

By johnboy 20 May 2009 31

Chief Minister Stanhope is inviting consultation on 8 new parks planned for discarded school sites in Macarthur, Rivett, Mt Neighbour, Cook, Melrose, Weston, Holt and Village Creek.

    “We have listened to the community’s views and developed draft plans that reflect the preference for open space to be retained at these sites. The draft plans include play equipment for children, barbecues, new plantings, paths, seating, lighting and open space.

    “Feedback from the community will inform the final design for the parks. Construction is expected to commence in September and be completed later this year.

There’s more detail to be found on the TAMS Site.

Comments need to be in by 26 June.

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I-filed 9:42 pm 20 May 09

deezagood said :

The Macarthur Park concept is really weird; the site is a former preschool (small area)which is right next to a park/playground with walking tracks, which is right opposite a really great park at Fadden Pines. Why would they need another park there? Odd, very odd …

As alluded to earlier, it’s actually designed to be the green garden space for blocks of flats … get real! It isn’t aimed at the general public!

Thumper 8:24 pm 20 May 09

But will it melt in the rain?

deezagood 8:16 pm 20 May 09

The Macarthur Park concept is really weird; the site is a former preschool (small area)which is right next to a park/playground with walking tracks, which is right opposite a really great park at Fadden Pines. Why would they need another park there? Odd, very odd …

Thumper 6:30 pm 20 May 09

Oh, I don’t for a second believe that Stanhope is doing this out of the goodness of his heart for the people. I’m sure the best sites will be sold faster than a camel in a bazaar.

I-filed 6:26 pm 20 May 09

peterh said :

I agree thumper, they could have filled these sites with apartments, low income housing, or any number of options to the detriment of the surrounding suburb.

at least an open space allows the community to use these facilities and have less concrete jungles.

Watch out for this dishonest government: Have a closer look – e.g. at Chifley. Park and open space occupies about a quarter of the available space. The huge white space isn’t sketched in – that must be future buildings, as is is carefully NOT marked as any of the community park functions.

Grrrr 5:31 pm 20 May 09

OK, I’ll admit to being ignorant to Haig Park’s historical significance, and am now dutifully informed by:
http://www.tams.act.gov.au/play/parks_forests_and_reserves/parkslakesandponds/urbanparks/districtparks/haigpark and
http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/ahdb/search.pl?mode=place_detail;place_id=101279

As a windbreak and mini-arboretum I guess it’s OK, but it’s no-longer on the edge of Canberra. As a recreational space in the densely populated heart of the city, it’s lousy.

peterh 5:24 pm 20 May 09

Ian said :

These community parks are a but a small fraction of the former school sites that will be sold off

Call me cynical, but chances are the parks are on the sites the govt couldn’t get decent buyers for.

or had negative reaction from the public located in those areas?

Ian 5:04 pm 20 May 09

These community parks are a but a small fraction of the former school sites that will be sold off

Call me cynical, but chances are the parks are on the sites the govt couldn’t get decent buyers for.

trevar 4:44 pm 20 May 09

I’ll go compete with the cockatoos for the pomegranates!

peterh 4:12 pm 20 May 09

found out more than i needed to know about haig park. act govt has a very interesting history of the park. re the new parks with fruit trees including pomegranate, apricots and olives, at least the local birds will be happy and stop eating my loquats.

monomania 3:49 pm 20 May 09

trevar said :

Monomania, can you tell us where the pomegranates are? I’ve never seen a pomegranate tree that I knew was a pomegranate tree (and I am very partial to the odd pomegranate).

They are listed to be planted in these new parks which will be close to or within the ex-school grounds of Rivett, Weston, Mt Neighbour and Village Creek schools.

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