Acton Waterfront park design
Undertaking further engagement to understand aspirations and needs, and to test and inform concepts as the Acton Waterfront park design develops.
Lake Burley Griffin is a much-loved and defining feature of Canberra. Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin’s original plan intended for the road and pedestrian access to continue down to the water, connecting it to the city centre.
The City Renewal Authority is progressing the multi-year Acton Waterfront project in consultation with the community and stakeholders so that this new city precinct reflects Canberrans’ vision for their city, connecting the CBD to the lake and providing unrestricted public access to the lakefront.
We will be asking for your feedback at every stage of the Acton Waterfront projects. All development in the Acton Waterfront precinct, which is Designated Land, will be designed and delivered to ensure it meets the statutory planning requirements of the National Capital Plan. This includes environmental impact assessment.
All phases of the project are subject to National Capital Authority Works Approval, budget bids and the outcome of community and stakeholder consultation.
Undertaking further engagement to understand aspirations and needs, and to test and inform concepts as the Acton Waterfront park design develops.
The National Capital Plan envisages Acton Waterfront as a lively cultural and entertainment precinct on a waterfront promenade. The area will create a new city neighbourhood, extending the city to the lake with a cosmopolitan mixture of shops, businesses, cafes, recreations, tourist activities and accommodation.
From late 2022 we will open the completed Acton Waterfront boardwalk and the adjacent temporary park. The temporary park will enable public use of the reclaimed area while the material settles over approximately 18 months. During this time, the City Renewal Authority will conduct activations and events prior to the permanent park construction which is anticipated to commence in 2023.
The City Renewal Authority is working closely with the community and stakeholders to transform the Acton Waterfront into a place for all Canberrans to enjoy. This means more open spaces, improved connections with the city centre, better access for water activities, and a celebration of the site’s history and national significance. Importantly, all initiatives are grounded by care for the land, respect for the lake and the lakeshore landscape.
Stakeholder and community consultation and conversation has been undertaken since 2004 to help determine how best to create the Acton Waterfront.
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Feedback from community and stakeholder consultation will inform the development and delivery of all project phases as they relate to the park design and the design of future development adjacent to the park. We are engaging extensively with the community and stakeholders as we progress the through project phases.
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