Project status: Open

How to have YourSay

We are seeking ideas from the Canberra community from 13 February to 25 March 2024 to help rethink the future of City Hill park.

This is a very early-stage engagement to determine the community’s aspirations for City Hill park and we hope to encourage students, community groups, local residents and businesses and all members of the ACT community to take part.

You can have your say in several ways:

Things for you to consider:

  • How would you like to see City Hill park change?
  • What features would you like to be introduced into the park?
  • What do you not like and would like changed?

We are looking at

The City Hill Ideas Exhibition is intended to rethink how the currently under-utilised City Hill park can be transformed into the public heart of the city and the apex of the National Triangle.

We are asking the community to consider how City Hill park could become a valued natural hub in the city centre.

A crucial green space in our growing City Centre

The City Centre is the epicentre of Canberra life and with several future development sites in the City Hill Precinct, such as expanding the Canberra Theatre, new office and residential developments, as well as dining and entertainment opportunities, now is the time to consider the potential of City Hill park as an open, natural park for residents and visitors to enjoy.

We are seeking ideas on how to make City Hill park a more welcoming, comfortable and engaging space.

Acknowledging City Hill's heritage

We encourage ideas consistent with the history and heritage of City Hill park, that complement the future role of this area.

City Hill is located on Ngunnawal Country, an ancient and diverse landscape managed by Ngunnawal people for tens of thousands of years. For time immemorial Ngunnawal people have maintained a tangible and intangible cultural, social, environmental, spiritual, and economic connection to these lands and waters.

City Hill is registered under the Heritage Act 2004 and is listed by the National Trust of Australia (ACT). Planted in 1921, Walter Burley Griffin planned for City Hill to make one corner of the Parliamentary Triangle. The geometric plantings symbolise the national capital, with each of the six major avenues that meet at the park creating its radial. Ideas should consider how the planting can be conserved to reinforce the Griffin Plan Legacy and heritage value of the site.

The National Capital Authority Precinct Code for City Hill recognises City Hill park as the primary public space for the Precinct and requires that City Hill park is retained and enhanced as an enclosed central park serving a functional role.

How to learn more

We will use your views to

The City Hill Ideas Exhibition is about seeking initial ideas only, to learn more about how the community would like to enjoy City Hill park. These ideas will influence and inform future plans and help us understand what the community would like City Hill park to become.

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