Alston Street play space

Project status: In progress

How to have YourSay

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the preliminary design for a significant upgrade to the Alston Street play space in Chisholm. Feedback closed on Sunday 11 December 2022.

We are currently reviewing the feedback received ahead of releasing the final designs in 2023.

We are also delivering significant upgrades to play spaces in Aranda, Gordon, and Ngunnawal. Visit the better play spaces page to learn more.

We are looking at

Earlier this year we received 166 pieces of feedback in total via the online survey, email, social media and a face to face pop up. This feedback informed the preliminary design for the Alston Street play space in Chisholm which we shared with the community in late 2022 ahead of finalising the design for construction in 2023.

We will use your views to

Feedback received during this second phase of engagement will be used to finalise the designs ahead of construction procurement in 2023.


What you told us you’d like to see

  • Amenities: furniture for sitting, eating, or studying; shade sails; picnic shelters; improvements to paths and access and safety improvements such as fencing.
  • Play equipment/elements: nature play; all abilities play equipment; climbing structures; slides and forts; swinging equipment and multipurpose areas.

How we have used your feedback

  • Centrally located seating with a shelter and picnic table
  • Cultural artwork on the shade sail posts and on the existing basketball hoop and backboard
  • Fencing
  • Concrete path with animal imprints
  • Accessible swing and spinner
  • Improved drainage to manage rain across the site
  • Nature play journey with balancing, climbing equipment and Ngunnawal cultural play elements.

Preliminary design

Click here to see a full-screen version of the preliminary design.

Map displaying improvements at the Alston Street play space in Chisholm.

Map displaying improvements at the Alston Street play space in Chisholm.

Provide your feedback

Cultural design elements

The region where the Chisholm play space upgrade is planned holds an ancient cultural and spiritual connection to the Ngunnawal people and has for thousands of years. The Ngunnawal landscape around Chisholm is used as a songline to navigate across country, conduct cultural land management practices, ensure safe passage, and welcome neighbouring nations from the south and east such as the Ngarigo and Yuin nations to Ngunnawal country for special ceremony, marriage, trade, and lore.

This region which is traditionally known to the Ngunnawal people as Tuggeranong meaning ‘cold place,’ holds the largest songline across Ngunnawal Country. This songline in contemporary times is the foundation of the Monaro Highway.

The artwork for Chisholm, by artist and cultural consultant Bradley Mapiva Brown, reflects the ancient cultural and land management practices the Ngunnawal people used to care for country. The artwork includes aspects of the Tuggeranong songline, native wetlands used for hunting and gathering, and features Maliyan the wedge tailed eagle, a totem of protection for Visitors on Country. Bagariin Ngunnawal Cultural Consulting provided several recommendations to showcase the play space songline theme. Recommendations included in the play space design are:

  • artwork applied to the basketball court backboard
  • native animal tracks and footprints in the new part of the concrete path, representing the songline
  • nature play elements.
Ngunnawal cultural elements included in the preliminary design for Alston Street play space improvements.

Ngunnawal cultural elements included in the preliminary design for Alston Street play space improvements.