Future City Playgrounds


Canberra Urban Activation Study

The City Renewal Authority is committed to creating places for people that enable positive experiences within public spaces. In partnership with the University of Canberra’s Play, Creativity and Culture Project, the City Renewal Authority undertook a study to contribute to the development of public spaces in Canberra through identification and analysis of international exemplars of playful urban activation.

The study highlights examples of urban play that contributes to the realisation of the five Place Principles of the (2015) ACT Government Strategic Urban Design Framework – connected; vibrant; responsive; diverse; green.

Read the study here.

Audit of Canberra’s destination and city playgrounds

Following this study, the University of Canberra’s Play, Creativity and Culture Project, conducted an audit of Canberra’s destination and city playgrounds to inform the design of future play spaces in the city precinct, including the design of a play space for West Basin.

The audit assessed and gathered information including:

In early 2018, the community was invited to have their say on what they’d like to see in new city centre play spaces along with understanding people’s current attitudes towards play facilities in Canberra. We received over 1,300 survey responses to form the final report.

Findings

The report delivered eight recommendations for current and future destination playgrounds in Canberra (and playgrounds in general) based on the outcomes of the audit. These included:

  1. Shade, age appropriate enclosures and extreme weather protection
  2. More challenging and diverse forms of play
  3. More and better facilities
  4. Equipment for a wider range of ages
  5. Natural features
  6. Make larger, quality playgrounds NOT more, smaller playgrounds
  7. Improve older playgrounds
  8. Proximity

These recommendations will help to inform the design of future play spaces, including the design of a play space for West Basin. The report will also feed in to the Better Suburbs conversation, led by Transport Canberra and City Services.

Read the Canberra Destination Playground Study here.