What's next

A Conservation Management Plan (CMP) is being prepared to guide the ongoing management of the park and to ensure conservation of heritage values. The CMP will also guide any proposed activities or development within the park, such as paths or play equipment. This important document will sit alongside the masterplan to ensure that the final product is a park which responds to the community’s changing needs, provides increased amenity and respects the park’s heritage significance.

The CMP was lodged with the ACT Heritage Council in September 2017. The Haig Park Project Team, with colleagues from across ACT Government, have been working with the ACT Heritage Council to finalise the CMP for Haig Park.

Further design – and importantly seeking your input again – will happen once the CMP is approved.

At this stage, we are planning to come back to you with:

  • a more detailed masterplan design
  • a design palette for the park and
  • a draft implementation plan to show you how proposed changes to the park would be delivered in 5, 10 and 20 years.

Community engagement

Community engagement is being conducted over three phases.

The first phase of community engagement, which occurred from January to March 2017, focused on understanding stakeholder and community views, issues and aspirations for the site. The second phase, which ran from May to June 2017, focused on testing and reviewing draft design ideas for the Haig Park masterplan. Phase three, which is expected to occur in the first half of 2018, will seek public feedback on the draft Haig Park masterplan.

In phase two we heard from 252 people via the online survey, spoke with 62 people at three drop-in consultation sessions, received comments from 39 people participating in the online discussion board, heard from 74 people at a community workshop and read 38 email submissions.

The Phase 2 Community Engagement Summary Report which documents the feedback received during the second phase of community engagement is now available.

View the Phase 1 Community Engagement Report.

How will your input be used?

Your input is being used to design the Haig Park masterplan. The masterplan will:

  • set out proposed changes to the park in the short, medium and long-term,
  • identify and prioritise where to invest funding,
  • define what is important about the park and areas within the park, and,
  • outline how the heritage, its character and quality can be conserved, improved and enhanced.

Read more about community engagement process for this project under the 'About the Project' tab at the top of this page.

about the project

A future plan for Haig Park

Canberra is known for its large green spaces and beautiful parks. Haig Park is one of these, a heritage-listed park in the heart of our city centre, known for its rows of mixed tree species. However, Haig Park is currently underused, feels unsafe and doesn't meet the needs of the Canberra community.

The ACT Government is developing a masterplan for Haig Park that sets out a long-term vision for the park and suggested short-term actions to make it more inviting and usable while maintaining its heritage value.

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 Haig Park.

Given the park’s heritage listing, the masterplan will consider how to improve the park in a way that is consistent with the heritage value of the area. Your ideas and feedback will be used to create a draft masterplan, which we will then share for your review and feedback.

Phase one and two of engagement has now finished.

People could participate in phase one and two engagement through the digital map, an online survey, attending a workshop, emailing us a submission or attending a drop-in consultation session. Look at the timeline on the right to see the engagement process and opportunities for you to be involved.

Phase One Community Engagement

Have your say on the map below

View the Haig Park Masterplan map in full screen.

Thank you to everyone who participated on the digital map from 31 January until 31 March 2017. The map is now closed, but you can read through the comments and ideas below.

Testing the vision

Using everything we heard we created one draft vision for Haig Park, and identified three important areas that needed to be considered as part of the masterplan. Community members were invited to feedback on this vision from 4 April 2017 until Tuesday 18 April 2017. The results of this vision testing engagement are available in the 'Document Library' tab.

Vision for Haig Park “Haig Park is a vibrant and inclusive urban park providing a series of safe and attractive spaces for passive and active enjoyment, whilst connecting with the heritage of the park. As an integral part of community life, Haig Park is a place for social and cultural exchange, contributing to a unique urban experience for everyone”

Community visions for Haig Park in 2022

Phase Two Community Engagement

Draft design ideas

Canberrans were invited to provide feedback on the four draft design ideas for Haig Park (Edges, Pathways, Park Rooms and Activities) from 15 May until 23 June 2017. These design ideas practically address the draft Themes, Objectives and Principles of the Haig Park masterplan and respond to the ideas we had from more than 600 people in the first stage of community engagement.

Phase two engagement included:

  • a community workshop
  • three drop-in consultation sessions
  • online feedback through a survey or discussion board
  • email submissions
  • presentation to North Canberra Community Council

View the draft ideas below or download a pdf version in the 'Document Library' tab at the top of this page.

Join the discussion

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document library

Document Library

Below are documents related to the Haig Park Masterplan process. If you have difficulty accessing these documents please contact us at
Phase two Community Engagement Summary Report
PDF (12.41 MB)

This report documents the feedback received during the second phase of community engagement. The second phase of community engagement focused on testing the design ideas with the community.

Haig Park Utlilisation Study Report
PDF (5.34 MB)

The Haig Park Utilisation Study Report outlines how people currently use Haig Park and the patterns of behaviour within the park.

Draft Design Ideas
PDF (3.38 MB)

This document outlines the four key design ideas for the Haig Park Masterplan: Park Rooms, Edges, Pathways and Activities.

These ideas will influence the whole park, and are designed to practically address the identified themes, objectives and principles of the masterplan. We are seeking your feedback on these draft design ideas until 23 June 2017. For a high res copy of this document please email

Draft Themes, Objectives and Principles for the Haig Park Masterplan
PDF (304.06 KB)

Community ideas and feedback has been used to create draft Themes, Objectives and Principles for the masterplan. The draft design ideas (see document above) aim to practically address these themes, objectives and principles.

Workshop 2 Summary
PDF (1.46 MB)

This workshop report is a summary of all the notes produced by participants during the second workshop on 10 May 2017.

Speaker Series Presentations
PDF (9.46 MB)

This document contains the five presentations given at the Speaker Series event on 5 June 2017.

Phase 1 Community Engagement Summary Report
PDF (6.14 MB)

This report documents the feedback and ideas from community members received from January to March 2017, as part of the first phase of community engagement for the Haig Park Masterplan.

Vision Testing Summary and Analysis Report
PDF (753.90 KB)

During April we spoke to you about a draft vision for Haig Park, which was designed using feedback from Workshop 1 and online.This report provides a summary and analysis of the vision testing community engagement held in April 2017.

Workshop 1 Summary Report
PDF (665.29 KB)

This workshop report is a summary of all the notes produced by participants during the workshop on 15 March 2017.

Safety Upgrades Flyer
PDF (472.87 KB)

This flyer was distributed to 5,500 residents surrounding Haig Park in late January 2017.

Haig Park History

Haig Park was originally planted in 1921 as a windbreak to protect the developing suburbs of Braddon and Turner. It is listed on the ACT Heritage Register for its designed function as a windbreak and its mass tree plantings of eight species.

It is recognised as a rare example of mixed evergreen and deciduous row plantings that remain highly intact. The heritage registration specifically cites the location of the trees as well as the species of the trees as being critical to preserving the park’s heritage value. The park is 1780m long and has 14 rows of trees.

The below shows the cross-section of trees in the heritage listing for Haig Park.

The masterplan will look at ways to work with the heritage and recognises the trees as an important asset to the park, as well as an important part of its identity.

The heritage status of the park requires that a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) be prepared to guide any future development and management of the park. A CMP will set out how the heritage value of the park is to be conserved. This will be used to guide the management of the park and any proposed works such as paths or play equipment. The CMP requires endorsement by the ACT Heritage Council.