Kambah District Park
Kambah District Park is accessible from Springbett Street in Kambah. The park has an adventure playground, picnic area, barbecue and public toilets. The adventure playground is designed for all ages and features a tree house, junior and senior flying foxes, giant swings, space net and wheelchair accessible liberty swing.
Developed over 30 years ago around the historic homestead, this unique 22 hectare park offers a wide range of activities for all age groups. Many of the old homestead elements remain including a woolshed, Nissen hut, meat safe and tennis court and cottage (now the YMCA playschool). A key is required.
Kambah woolshed offers one of the few covered public picnic/barbeque areas in the ACT. The old woolshed is great for large group functions (booking required - contact 13 22 81).
The toilet facilities at the Kambah woolshed are currently closed to be upgraded and reopened during the 2016/17 financial year. The nearest toilet facilities are located at Kambah adventure playground approximately 400 metres away.
Rural settlement of Kambah last Century
The savannah woodland area on which the park has been created was previously a rural property known originally as "Sulwood". At the turn of the century however it had become known as "Kambah" and is believed to have been operated as an outstation by the Campbells of Yarralumla until 1913 when purchased by the Commonwealth. The name is possibly of Aboriginal origin. It was leased finally by the Bennett family until 1971 when urbanisation commenced.
The fledgling park, homestead and its related buildings served as a focal point for the community in the early days of urbanisation of the Tuggeranong Valley. The now demolished Kambah homestead was a favourite meeting place for community groups.
Designed for recreation
The park has been developed in accordance with a 1976 master plan which aimed to provide for a wide range of activities for all age groups particularly young families. Development on the western side of Village Creek has included conversion of the woolshed area into a group picnic area, new tennis courts and clubhouse (leased), adventure playground and toilet block.
Gray, J (1997) The Historical and Cultural Background of Selected Urban Parks in Canberra.
Facilities and activities
- Electric/gas BBQ
- Drinking water
- Picnic tables
- Skate park
- Dogs on leash
- Wheelchair accessible Liberty Swing
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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