The government anticipates starting construction of the new local neighbourhood park at S. 76 in October 2022 for the Watson community to enjoy. The park will be safe and provide infrastructure for a range of ages and play styles.
The centre piece will be the Maliyan structure, which provides recognition to the importance of Maliyan to Ngunnawal people. (‘Maliyan’ means Wedge-tailed Eagle in the Ngunnawal language). The structure is planned to include a table and seats, a canvas for artwork and a structure to suspend/attach play items, such as a net swing.
The preliminary sketch plan, shown below, incorporates many of the ideas suggested by the community during consultation in 2021.
Play equipment is expected to include swings, slides, climbers and spinners. Nature play is planned in the form of timber lizard logs, a wombat hole/burrow and stepping items with native plantings. Static exercise equipment is planned to cater for older children and adults as are spaces to rest and kick around a ball.
The members of the local Dhawura Ngunnawal Caring for Country Committee and of the Representative Aboriginal Organisations have been involved in the development of the design, including the Maliyan structure.
This park is additional to the open space set aside for protection of trees, shade and habitat. This area also provides opportunities for a cycle and pedestrian connection through to the Federal Highway.
The delivery of the park has been fully funded by the ACT Government, which will also maintain the park.
As we refine and develop the design, we will update this draft concept plan.