Micro-park, mighty popular with Canberra locals

As of 1 January 2018, the management of the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy transferred from In The City Canberra to the City Renewal Authority. Views expressed in these articles may not reflect the views of the Authority.

In October 2016, In The City Canberra (ITCC) and ACT Government sponsored the Backyard Experiment. The community-focussed initiative, designed to enhance the visual aesthetics and bring life to Canberra’s CBD, was delivered by Street Furniture Australia and coincided with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, International conference.

The highly popular public initiative occurred at a time when ongoing discussions were being had by Government to introduce a series of micro, pop-up parks in and around Canberra. The purpose: to encourage foot-traffic and enhance the visual appeal of our City. Garema Place was chosen for the pilot, with the community commissioned to design the park.

The competition, supported by Minister Fitzharris and local media saw members of the public submit their proposals for how the park would be designed and what it would contain. The winning design, announced last Thursday 28 September, was by eight-year-old Canberra local, Poppy Henderson.

ITCC CEO and initiative sponsor Jane Easthope said “the winning design is colourful, transportable and injected with the enthusiasm of youth!”

Read the Canberra Times article here.