Project status: In Progress


Take part and talk to us

Tell us more about the Play Space design and in particular its scale, size and inclusions by completing our 10 to 15 minute survey.

For an accessible Word version of the survey, please see the document library on the right hand side of this page. Email your completed Word version survey to you can provide your feedback on the draft design between now and Friday 4 October 2019.

Visit Communication Link at one of our community pop up events:

  • Molonglo Valley Markets at Stromlo Cottage
    10:00am - 2:00pm on Sunday 29 September 2019

Participate in an after-hours community workshop at Charles Weston School:

  • Saturday morning, 21 September

The workshop will be preceded by a short on-site walk through at the Play Space location. RSVPs essential. Exact times of the workshops will be confirmed upon booking. The workshop will cater for children who wish to provide feedback.

  • Write directly to Communication Link at
  • Complete the online survey on this page.
  • Keep a look out for Communication Link staff who will be popping out to the location occasionally to take feedback from people using or passing through the Holden’s Creek Pond area.

Invite Communication Link to come and speak with your community organisation if you and your members would like to know more about the project or would like to provide feedback as a representative group. Please email Communication Link so they can get in touch with you.

The formal feedback engagement period closes on Friday 4 October 2019, so please ensure you engage with them before then. For a full Communication Link Public Engagement Plan, and other documents, see the document library below.

Upon completion, Communication Link will provide comprehensive independent advice back to the SLA, prior to the SLA finalising a design and proceeding to the approval and construction phase.

Project Update

Consistent with the Coombs and North Coombs Estate Development Plans, and the Coombs Landscape Strategy, a Play Space is currently being planned for Edgeworth Parade, adjacent to Holden’s Creek Pond. The Play Space is intended to be an inclusive play space with something of interest for all ages as well as visitors to Holden’s Creek Pond and the Molonglo River Corridor.

To inform the first draft design of the Play Space, the Suburban Land Agency (SLA) engaged with the community through both face-to-face and digital methods in order to understand what facilities and play elements the Play Space should consider and how it should look and feel.

A draft design incorporating that feedback was then brought back to the community in early 2019. The design responded to the natural setting of Holden’s Creek Pond through the use of a sympathetic pallet of materials and colours, in addition to appropriate fencing and barriers to Edgeworth Parade and the Pond. The design was overseen by TCCS who provided in-principle support to the concept.

Following the release of the draft design, further feedback was received from the community. In response, the SLA updated its Active Living Map and commissioned two reports between March and June 2019 which re-investigated the planning principles behind the proposed Play Space and reviewed the provision of toilet facilities in the Molonglo Valley.

While these independent reports are an important part of the planning and design process, they are by no means influenced by the SLA, nor are their findings considered to be a position of the SLA. In the interests of transparency, these reports are provided below and the feedback to date on them has been carefully reviewed.

These reports are below:

With these reports now complete, and in light of ongoing community feedback the SLA has appointed Communication Link to develop and undertake the Stage 2 Engagement which will have a particular focus on:

  • the views on the draft design within individual stakeholder groups including local residents, existing and future users of Holdens Creek Pond and surrounds and interested community or stakeholder groups,
  • the size, scale and proposed inclusions in the current design, and
  • the application of the new Transport Canberra and City Services standards for Municipal Infrastructure (published in April 2019).

About Coombs

Coombs is located on the eastern side of the Molonglo Valley's main 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 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.

Proposed park site:

Proposed park site: