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How you had YourSay:

During the engagement process for Haig Park we have heard from Canberrans on what they value about the park, what could be improved and their vision for the park.

The first two stages of community engagement occurred in 2017 and focused on understanding stakeholder and community views, the salient issues and aspirations for the site, and on testing and reviewing draft design concepts for Haig Park. It included community workshops, online engagement, stakeholder meetings, drop-in consultations and presentations from subject experts.

Based on the feedback you provided during Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project, we have developed the Haig Park Place Plan which presents the next phase of the engagement process.

The Place Plan aims to establish Haig Park as a more inviting and usable green space while protecting and strengthening its heritage value. It identifies a series of short-term events, activities, infrastructure improvements and pop ups that are informed by and reflect what the community told us during previous consultation stages. We will continue to seek your feedback on these short term events, pop ups and improvements, to see if they can be improved and how they might be implemented in the long term.

You’ve previously had your say by:

  • Phase 1 – sharing your ideas and experiences of Haig Park on an interactive map
  • Phase 2 – sharing your feedback on four design ideas for the park
  • Phase 3 – selecting what events, activities, infrastructure improvements and pop ups you’d like trailed over the next year

We are looking at:

Canberra is known for its generous green spaces and beautiful parks. Haig Park is in the heart of our city and a great example of our city’s wonderful public open space. It’s a heritage-listed urban forest linking the city’s business and retail centre and the growing and changing inner north residential suburbs.

It’s important to preserve and enhance these spaces in our changing and expanding city. In its current state, Haig Park is underused, perceived as unsafe and doesn't meet the needs of the Canberra community in 2018 and beyond.

The ACT Government and City Renewal Authority recognise the importance and potential of Haig Park and are committed to improving the park so we can all enjoy it while ensuring any changes respect and recognise its heritage value and role as a city park and urban forest.

Due to the diverse interest in the park by local residents and the wider community, a community engagement process was established to consult on how the public would like to see the park used, what they like about the space and what they would improve.

Your views are being used to:

Your ideas will inform the short term events, activities, infrastructure improvements and pop ups in the park over the coming months. We will continue to seek community feedback on these short term improvements, to see if they can be improved and how they might be implemented as a long term solution.

You can stay up to date on the renewal of Haig Park by signing up to our email newsletter, or checking the City Renewal Authority’s website, Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Have YourSay

The following activation ideas have followed from the previous two rounds of consultation.

What would you like to see in Haig Park? CLOSED

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Heritage

To conserve and respect the heritage values of the park

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Educational signage exploring the heritage of the park
Educational talks within the park
Linkages

To strengthen connections into and within the park.

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East-west cycle link through light and quick measures
North-south connections at key city grid locations
Street crossings at key locations along the length of the park
Alternate treatments for enhancing existing desire lines through park
Bridge crossings to break down circulation barriers between watercourses
Infrastructure

To enhance the function and use of the park

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Water stations at multiple locations within the park, connecting to activities and recreation loops
Grass beds into existing pocket parking lots
Seating throughout the park
Trial infrastructure locations and types
Reclaim carpark for civic activities
Fix and refresh toilet block at the end of Mort Street
Improve toilet cleaning regime and security cameras
Install civic uses to the existing depot site such as a pop up stage or pavilion
Biodiversity

Introduce natural amenity and environmental initiatives to promote sustainability in Haig Park. %%Protect and conserve significant elements of the rich biodiversity of the park.

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Educational signage demonstrating the history and biodiversity of the park
Trial plant species to determine the most appropriate planting outcomes
Identity

To celebrate the unique identity of Haig Park

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Wayfinding signage dispersed throughout the park
Signage along major thoroughfares such as Northbourne Avenue and Limestone Avenue to define the park within the city context
Sculptural elements within the park to enhance identity and act as landmarks and focal points
Safety

To ensure Haig Park is a safe place to be at all times of day and night

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Lighting along key linkages and decorative lighting amongst the trees
Attend to dead and dying trees that pose a safety risk
Play

To strength connections between nature and activities

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Dog walking amenities such as water bowls and pick-up bags
Mobile pump track
Game facilities such as table tennis, chess, and checkers
Pop up nature play and a pop up playground within the park
Health & Fitness

To meet the recreational needs of the local community

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Fitness equipment
Running tracks of different distances
Partner with local organisations to facilitate yoga, bootcamp and group fitness classes within the park
Encourage walking and dog walking through and within the park
Destination

To provide a place to meet other people

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Pop up library with associated loose seating
Provide opportunities for temporary cafés or coffee vans with associated seating
Pop up civic building that could cater to multiple users, with opportunities for public hire
Provide temporary facilities in the Turner Parkland to facilitate larger events and cultural program
Cultural Program

To provide a diverse range of things to do within the park

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Develop an events calendar to introduce activities and programs within the park
Develop partnerships with local organisations to deliver the program
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