Weston Park is located in Yarralumla, off Weston Park Road. The 40 hectare park has a wading pool (operating in summer only), beach, miniature train and cycle track. Other facilities include a playground with climbing net and swings, picnic tables, electric barbeques, public toilets, adventure playground, miniature train and a fixed orienteering course.
For more information, view the full Weston Park Master Plan (PDF 5.7 MB)*.
*Please note: If you are unable to access the information in this master plan, please contact 6207 7490 to request a hard copy. Alternatively, for more information view the Executive Summary of the Weston Park Master Plan
Installation of multi-purpose gravel platform and public boulodrome
As part of the Master Plan, construction works commenced in August 2015 at Weston Park for a new multi-purpose gravel platform and public boulodrome. Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. For more information visit the boulodrome web page.
Weston Park Conservation Management Plan
The Weston Park Conservation Management Plan aims to ensure the heritage significance of Weston Park is maintained while also continuing to allow a wide range of recreational uses.
The vision of Charles Weston
The park's origins go back to May 1913 when Charles Weston located the site for his proposed production nursery and experimental facility (Yarralumla Nursery) and the adjacent arboretum (Westbourne Woods) on and near "Westridge". He intended that they serve as the centre for landscape and park operations in the Capital. While experimental work was transferred elsewhere in the 1970s, the nursery's plant production role has continued to the present day.
The area surrounding the nursery evolved as a park under the influence of Weston and succeeding superintendents of parks and gardens. When Lake Burley Griffin was filled in the mid 1960s, the park's landscape foundations were maturing and it was able to be further developed to meet the expanding demand for lakeside recreation.
The park was officially named after Charles Weston in 1963.
Gray, J (1997) The Historical and Cultural Background of Selected Urban Parks in Canberra.
Facilities and activities
- Drinking water
- Fixed orienteering course
- Picnic shelter
- Picnic tables
- Walking trails
Weston Park is located in Yarralumla, off Weston Park Road.
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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