Haig Park news

Experiments to bring new life to Haig Park

13 May 2019

Canberrans will get to experience what a revitalised Haig Park could be like thanks to a new project that will test potential improvements, activities and events over the next six months.

The City Renewal Authority has appointed a University of Canberra led consortium, which includes Tait Network, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre, and Dionysus, to implement a range of events, activities and light-touch park improvements that could be made permanent if successful.

City Renewal Authority chief executive officer Malcolm Snow said the $945,000 Haig Park Experiments project was consistent with the Haig Park Place Plan, which was developed in consultation with the community.

“The place planning process showed us that people valued Haig Park highly, but it also revealed how much better they wanted this valuable green space to be,” Mr Snow said.

“The appointment of this consortium to start implementing some of the actions in the place plan is an exciting first step in making Haig Park more vibrant, attractive, safe and accessible.

“We want to change people’s perception of this fantastic public asset and invite the Canberra community back in to enjoy this underutilised inner-city park.”

The Haig Park Experiments will take place in three stages across a six-month period starting mid-2019.

Phase 1, “Welcome”, will invite people back into the park by refreshing key areas of the park’s infrastructure, supported by playful small-scale public activities.

Phase 2, “Discovery”, will encourage new types of participation through larger-scale infrastructure – like a temporary pavilion – nature play, running tracks, and events that rediscover the seasonal beauty of winter.

Phase 3, “Celebration”, will continue the testing of Phase 1 and 2 interventions and build on this groundwork to deliver larger events that test the potential of the park in warmer weather.

“Through comprehensive community engagement we have a good idea what the community wants to see in Haig Park and this implementation program is very much about testing what will and won’t work,” Mr Snow said.

“We have tasked this consortium with trialing ways that we can make the park safer and more attractive to spend time in, while recognising its important heritage values.

“Testing changes through short-term and temporary interventions allows us to see what works before taking steps to implement more permanent changes.”

Share your thoughts on the future of Haig Park

28 July 2018

Have your say on which actions should be implemented in Haig Park first by sharing your thoughts at a drop-in session this week.

The Haig Park Plan has been created to make the area safer, vibrant, accessible and a healthy place to visit and enjoy.  It sets out actions to realise the community’s vision for Haig Park.

City Renewal Authority Chief Executive Malcolm Snow said this is a great opportunity for those with an interest in the park’s future to share their feedback on the plan.

“We’ve developed the plan based on extensive consultation.  As we enter the implementation phase, we want to continue involving the community in park improvements so that it is a place for all of us,” Mr Snow said.

On Wednesday 1 August, the City Renewal Authority will be at the Turner end of Haig Park, along the Sullivan’s Creek bike path, between Masson and Greenway Streets between 7:45am – 9:15am.

On Sunday 5 August, the City Renewal Authority will be in Haig Park, near Lonsdale St, Braddon between 10am – 1pm.

The City Renewal Authority will be offering a free coffee from Sly Fox Coffee Van or vouchers to local Braddon cafes to thank those who participate in this process.

On Sunday there will also be lawn games and face painting to enjoy in the park for those who come along to share their ideas.

The plan will trial short term actions within the park to better understand what long term improvements can be made.

For those unable to attend a drop-in session, feedback can be submitted online via https://www.yoursay.act.gov.au/haigpark.

Play equipment, better lighting and better footpaths for Haig Park

17 July 2018

A new plan to make Haig Park a safer, more enjoyable and better used inner city park has been released and the City Renewal Authority wants your opinion on which actions should be implemented first.

The Haig Park Plan is the result of extensive public consultation and aims to improve the park so that it meets the community’s needs.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said the plan included physical improvements as well as an community events program to help make Haig Park an attractive inner-city destination.

“The plan is a strategic document that sets out actions to achieve the community’s vision for Haig Park,” Mr Snow said.

“Proposed physical improvements include an east-west link for pedestrians and cyclists; new lighting along key routes and among the trees; fitness equipment and running tracks of varying distances; barbecue facilities, improved amenities and a pop-up nature play and children’s playground.

“Future use of the park could include sculpture festivals, temporary arts events, film screenings, food markets, music festivals and performances, carnivals and farmer’s markets.

“Haig Park is a really important community asset and we want it to be a place that is used, enjoyed and embraced by many Canberrans and visitors.

“This plan will put in place actions that the City Renewal Authority can take to improve the park in the short term while also recognizing that more people will increasingly be using it as their local park.”

“We are looking to make some quick, temporary improvements that will instantly make the park a better place to visit or pass through. We will assess these improvements to see whether they should be implemented permanently,” Mr Snow said.

“We will also be looking at the existing depot site to see how it can be used for community events such as a pop-up stage or pavilion.”

The plan also better strengthens the park’s heritage value with interpretive signage that explores its historical nature.

“The input we have received from the community has been very clear that there needs to be a balance between making the park more people-friendly and maintaining its heritage significance,” Mr Snow said.

“Importantly, any improvements to Haig Park will be in accordance with an approved Conservation Management Plan, which will protect its heritage values.”

Haig Park phase 2 consultation summary

24 August 2017

Thanks to everyone who contributed their time, ideas and feedback during the second phase of the Haig Park community engagement.

It has been great to hear how important Haig Park is to our community. Feedback received will help the development of the masterplan.

You can check out the summary report here: http://bit.ly/HaigParkSummary