Tuggeranong Town Park is a 10 hectare park located on the shores of Lake Tuggeranong with access from Anketell Street. It is a great place for all ages with a playground, swimming beach, barbecues, picnic facilities, interesting art work and relics of pastoral use. The Tuggeranong Skate Park is located near the park's western boundary and a natural amphitheatre for large community activities has been created adjacent to Anketell Street.
Connected to the town park is the 31 hectare Lake Tuggeranong District Park which wraps around the lake foreshore and offers a range of recreational opportunities including picnicking, cycling, swimming and boating. Added to this mix is the enclosed dog exercise area which is great for the dogs and an opportunity to socialise with other dog owners.
Tuggeranong Skate Park is one of the best skate park facilities in Canberra with a five star rating from www.skateboard.com.au
The park provides a range of opportunities for BMX riders, skateboarders and inline skaters. It has sections for both beginners and experienced skaters with a small snake run, mini ramp, vertical ramp, funbox and a series of flat banks, transitions and hips. Alcohol is not permitted at the skate park.
This park has been born out of Tuggeranong's rural past - it has been linked back in its design to the 19th century boundary line between two major rural properties - those of the Campbell family to the north and the Cunningham families to the south. The boundary was a complex structure which functioned as a 'fence' combining dry stone walling and a ditch and bank system.
Design and construction of the park began in 1986 and its birth was marked in an unusual way in 1988. With the assistance of a community artist, the main pedestrian access to the park in Anketell Street was paved with bricks which contained messages from the Tuggeranong Community.
The park was officially opened in 1995. A ceramic tiled path was installed near the shoreline. This path expresses their thoughts on the journey through life.
Designed for contemporary Tuggeranong
While there were no significant remnants of the boundary marker on the site of the park, it has provided the starting point for the design. It is now marked by a double row of Lombardy poplars (Populus nigra Italica) which will grow to a very great height forming a distinct laneway. Small replicas using stone from the original wall were erected on Athllon Drive as part of the Australia Remembers 1945-1995 program.
A series of formal terraced gardens commencing at the main entrance gate are being established along the park's main design axis. As park users descend along this axis they will be able to appreciate gardens of different characters while at the same time enjoying the view to Mt Taylor onto which the axis is aligned. Murals have been added under community art programs.
The remainder of the park abuts the shoreline and has been developed to an informal design. Mixed exotic and Australian native plantings have been used. Willows (Salix babylonica) and river oaks (Casuarina cunninghamiana) are planted on the shoreline, on part of which is a sandy swimming beach with, in one place, a gazebo-like shelter.
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Facilities and activities
- Electric BBQs
- Boat launch
- Dogs on leash
- Off leash dog exercise area (at Lake Tuggeranong District Park)
- Drinking water
- Picnic shelter
- Picnic tables
- Walking trails
- Wheelchair access
- Fitness equipment
- Skate park
- Fishing (at Lake Tuggeranong District Park)
Upgrading the park
Work has begun to upgrade the park by improving the accessibility, safety and creating a more attractive and accessible park for South Canberra
There will be a wide range of improvements to the park including:
- upgrading the foreshore path along the edge of Lake Tuggeranong, including the installation of improved lighting
- building a new accessible path from the car park and upgrading the path connecting the foreshore and the playground
- refurbishing the jetty
- installing new picnic settings and
- installing shade structures over equipment in the play area.
During construction up to two parking spaces may be unavailable, but otherwise cars will still be able to access the site. The barbecue, play space and foreshore path will be unavailable during this time, but other areas of the park, including toilets, bike path and stage will still be accessible.
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.
More information and feedback
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