Project status: In Progress
Project Update and Next Steps
The inclusion of a playground on Edgeworth Parade, adjacent to Holden’s Creek Pond is a requirement of the approved Coombs Estate Development Plan (EDP). It is intended to be an inclusive play space which has something of interest for people living in the Molonglo Valley.
In 2018/19 the Suburban Land Agency held conversations with the community about how the park will be designed and how it will look and feel. The results of those conversations are located below.
Since this time the Suburban Land Agency has received a number of enquiries regarding the inclusions proposed in the draft designs and has commissioned the following between March – June 2019:
- Toilet Block Study (uploaded 12 July 2019) - to provide additional insight into the most suitable location for a possible toilet block in Wright or Coombs;
- Wright and Coombs Play Space Landscape Report (uploaded 10 July) - focused on all information and research to date to provide an independent assessment;
- Wright and Coombs Active Living Map (uploaded 27 June 2019) - to document all play space and open space inclusions and equipment.
With information to date, the Suburban Land Agency would like to engage with the community to reach the best outcomes for everyone. The next steps of engagement will be important to assess the work completed to date, and move forward taking all options in to consideration.
Update 31 July 2019
The Suburban Land Agency is close to procuring an external community engagement organisation to finalise the Coombs Play Space Stage 2 engagement plan and commence engagement activities as soon as possible.
The draft timeline within the above 'Coombs Play Space Engagement Plan - 27 June 2019' indicated that various updates would be provided however these will not be at the Community BBQ (5 August 2019), or at July’s Weston Creek Community Council Meeting. Equivalent events and presentations will be scheduled as part of the final engagement plan
Note: The timeline on this page is scheduled for updating in August 2019.
How you had YourSay:
We know play areas are important to Canberrans. They're a key element of a vibrant and connected community.
For Molonglo Valley, we want to provide a space which the entire community can enjoy.
To ensure we include the equipment and amenities you want for the new Coombs play space, we asked you through a survey what you think should be included. We also asked you when you'll use the new play space so we can plan an interactive space that suits you and your family.
Key insights from the community include:
- Most people would like public toilets
- Basketball courts were a popular inclusion
- Equipment for both older and younger children should be included
- The inclusion of shade structures are important
We are looking at:
The new Coombs play space will be a modern, unique location
for families of all ages. It will include quality landscaping, and will be located
adjacent to the Holden Creek Pond.
We want to design the best play space for your family. There's a variety of equipment open for you to choose from, including:
- in-ground trampoline
- climbing gym
- nature/imagination play areas
- climbing ropes
- spring animals
There are a number of other play spaces which have already been built and opened in the area. Some of these include Link Park, the Coombs Central Reserve and the North Weston Pond Play Space. Check out Coombs’ other recreational spaces here.
Your views are being used to:
Your views are helping to inform what equipment and amenities should be included in the new Coombs play space.
Due to play equipment sizing, your preferred choices have been given to a play space designer who will determine what elements should be included to seek planning approvals and create the best space for all families.
Coombs is located on the eastern side of the Molonglo Valley's arterial road, John Gorton Drive.
With a cleverly designed layout, residents of Coombs enjoy the best of both worlds - a tranquil place to live with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains, and easy connection to facilities that support a thriving community.
Coombs will be home to Molonglo Valley’s first community hub, convenience will be front and centre in Coombs with the construction of the local shops underway and a community facility also planned for the suburb. Charles Weston School is also the first in Molonglo Valley to service the local area.
Coombs is also Canberra’s doorstep to nature, and is surrounded by walking trails, the Molonglo River, bike paths and parks. A fitness circuit with high quality equipment has also been created to make exercise convenient and fun. The 25 fitness stations support flexibility, strength, cardio and balance and are easily accessed by residents of Coombs and Wright with stations dispersed across both suburbs.
To find out more, head to the Suburban Land Agency website here.