Point Hut Pond 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 at Point Hut Pond play space in Gordon. 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, Chisholm, Gordon, Kaleen and Lyons. Visit the better play spaces page to learn more.

We are looking at

Earlier this year, we received 146 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 Point Hut Pond play space in Gordon 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.

Design

What you told us you’d like to see

  • Amenities: furniture for sitting, eating, or studying; picnic shelters; more shade; improvements to paths and access.
  • Play equipment/elements: nature play; a learn to ride track; all abilities play equipment; climbing structures; slides and forts; fitness equipment and equipment accessible to more age groups and diverse needs.

How we have used your feedback

  • Cultural artwork on the existing equipment and basketball backboards.
  • Seating at the basketball court.
  • Climbing structure and slide.
  • Upgrades to the existing junior play space including new equipment, new nature play area with boulders, a scramble slope, balancing equipment, and Ngunnawal cultural play elements.

Preliminary design

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

Map displaying improvements at Point Hut Pond play space in Gordon. et play space in Aranda.

Map displaying improvements at Point Hut Pond play space in Gordon.

Provide your feedback

Cultural design elements

The region where the Point Hut Pond play space upgrade is planned holds an ancient cultural and spiritual connection to the Ngunnawal people and has for thousands of years. This region which is traditionally known to the Ngunnawal people as Tuggeranong meaning ‘cold place’ and is rich in cultural resources like the Murrumbidgee River. The region also holds multiple songlines created and maintained by the Ngunnawal people to access various significant cultural sacred sites and locations such as the Yankee Hat Rock Art at Namadgi, the Rock Shelters at Birrigai, Tidbinbilla and Jedbinbilla ‘where boys become men’ initiation grounds and the Brindabella Mountains where the Ngunnawal people would invite neighbouring nations to participate in the annual Bogong Moth ceremony.

The Murrimbidgee river, which is cared for and occupied by the Ngunnawal peoples for a variety of reasons, underpins cultural and land management practices supporting trade, ceremony, hunting and land boundary systems. Point Hut Crossing has been used for many years to sustain the local ecosystem which also incorporates local aquatic species and vegetation.

The cultural theme for the play space upgrade is Dhawura Ngunnawal - Ngunnawal Country. The artwork by Bradley Mapiva Brown, Rartist and cultural consultant, reflects Dhawura Ngunnawal by featuring the culturally sacred Murrumbidgee River, creation of songlines (pathways) and ceremony. Bagariin Ngunnawal Cultural Consulting provided several recommendations to show case the play space theme. Recommendations included in the play space design are:

  • artwork applied to play equipment
  • Maliyan Nest (Wedge tail eagle protector)
  • slides representing the Murrumbidgee River
  • natural elements
  • climbing net representing the use of fishing traps on the Murrumbidgee River.
Ngunnawal cultural elements included in the preliminary design for Point Hut Pond play space improvements.

Ngunnawal cultural elements included in the preliminary design for Point Hut Pond play space improvements.