John Knight Park
John Knight Memorial Park is a large 12 hectare park located on the eastern foreshores of Lake Ginninderra and is accessible from Aikman Drive. Park facilities include picnic areas, barbecue facilities, public toilets, fitness equipment, playgrounds, a disc golf course and a fixed orienteering course.
The park has expansive views, green grass, water rapids and picnic facilities with recreational opportunities for all ages including the Woodlands Fitness Trail.
The playground includes a tree house, flying fox and the play sculpture. The recently refurbished Snake house has a large timber climbing unit featuring a wave board and nest spinner, a climbing net and a play structure with ramp for access. The play structure also includes other play prompts such as a shop counter with a snake theme and voice tubes for children to speak to each other across the play area.
There is a model boat jetty and a jetty for canoes and sail boats but swimming is prohibited. The park is linked to the lakeshore promenade and walking/cycle trail.
In memory of one of Canberra's first Senators
The park is associated with the contemporary history of the National Capital and in particular with Belconnen. It was named after Senator John Knight (1943-1981) who, as Chairman of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Capital Territory, played a major role in ensuring the preservation of much of the shores of Lake Ginninderra for public recreation.
The origins of the park go back to the 1960s when the National Capital Development Commission proceeded with advanced tree planting in then grazing land. The park took its present form in the 1980s as a result of a major program of construction arising out of the Parliamentary Joint Committee's considerations about the Lake's foreshores under the leadership of Senator John Knight.
An informal design emphasising water and vegetation
Water is an important element of the design. The lakeshore promenade features an island and model boat jetty which provides pedestrians and cyclists opportunities for quiet enjoyment at the water's edge. The northern valley's cascades and waterfalls provide for water play and the upper water garden is the place for quiet contemplation and education.
Located at the centre of the park is the memorial to the late Senator Knight which comprises a quiet contemplative area overlooking the lake. A sitting area with a pergola for climbing plants has been provided, while a curved stone wall encloses a circular space in which is a large sundial.
Gray, J (1997) The Historical and Cultural Background of Selected Urban Parks in Canberra.
Facilities and activities
- Electric/gas BBQ
- Fitness equipment
- Disc golf course
- Fixed orienteering
- Picnic tables
- Boat ramp
- Canoe entry point
About urban parks
Transport Canberra and City Services manages urban parks and open space in Canberra. There are three main types of urban parks in Canberra: town parks, district parks and neighborhood parks. Other landscaped components of the park system include:
- Pedestrian parkland which are corridors of open space provided for pedestrian movement within and between suburbs.
- Semi-natural open spaces which are areas of remnant grazing land or native vegetation, and include creek corridors, hilltop areas, ridges and buffer areas between suburbs.
- Native grassland or woodland sites which contain endangered plant species.
- Major road verges and medians.
- Informal use ovals which are non-irrigated open dryland grass areas for informal sport and recreational use.
- Special purpose areas which are large open spaces dedicated to specialised recreational activities or sporting events.
Plans of management
Plans of management for urban parks identify what is important about the areas and how they are to be managed. A plan of management is intended to provide direction and guidance to the land custodian, management staff, visitors, neighbours, volunteers, and others with an interest in the area.
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