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Focus on fun for Tuggeranong revamp

The Foreshore: Key moves include sealing the existing path, updating park furniture and playspace, improving the beach and lake edge and increasing quality and diversity of plantings.

The Foreshore: Key moves include sealing the existing path, updating park furniture and playspace, improving the beach and lake edge and increasing quality and diversity of plantings.

A smaller, pebbled beach with access for light water craft, a youth activities area, a new petanque facility and public art features are some of the ideas proposed in the Tuggeranong Town Park draft master plan, released for public feedback on Friday.

The master plan for the $1 million upgrade has been in the making for nearly 12 months, with the initial public consultation held last May.

Ideas floated then such as a cafe, have been incorporated into the draft, which proposes a "pop-up" concession over something permanent.

Main entry to formal garden axis: Defining and opening up the entries allows greater connection between the park and town centre.

Main entry to formal garden axis: Defining and opening up the entries allows greater connection between the park and town centre.

A larger play space with new equipment and a revamped skate park with a youth events stage are in the draft, as well as rock climbing walls and outdoor table tennis facilities.

New pavilions will provide protection from the weather, as will additional pergolas, with extra park furniture also planned.

Issues such as poor drainage and pedestrian and cycle access have been addressed to maximise the use of the area.

Formal garden axis: Renewing and strengthening the original axis.

Formal garden axis: Renewing and strengthening the original axis.

Improving the park's use of its waterfront location is also a key theme, with jetties, water landings and viewing points included, as well as a new path along the lake edge to improve access along the foreshore.

"Since the town park opened in 1995, community needs and demands have changed," Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury said.

"It is now time to plan for the next stage in the park's life and provide more contemporary and well-designed recreational facilities for Tuggeranong."

Mr Rattenbury said the master plan will guide future management, maintenance and upgrades of the park over the next five to 10 years, and encouraged the community to review it and provide comments.

The public consultation period runs until March 22, with Canberrans invited to attend information sessions at the Tuggeranong Town Park stage next Wednesday (5.30pm-7.30pm) and Saturday (10am-noon).

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