The ACT government is calling tenders for an organisation to bring to life its Haig Park "place plan".
In July, the ACT government announced a new plan to make the park "safer and more enjoyable". The Haig Park plan would see changes to the park made in three stages: "short-term experiments and activations", "evaluate and change" and long-term improvements.
The tender documents suggest pop-up nature play elements or a playground, decorative lighting, moveable seating, running track and game facilities as short-term experiments. Sculptures, film screening, food or farmers markets, a pop-up library were also suggested.
The government said the plan was based on what it heard during community consultation held last year. It found the park needed to be improved to meet the needs of the changing urban area around it, including increased exercise opportunities.
City Renewal Authority chief executive officer Malcolm Snow said the authority was looking for a contractor to deliver the first phase of the plan that involved designing and implementing small-scale and temporary infrastructure improvements and activities in Haig Park for about six months.
"We're looking for someone to trial short-term actions to build on the park’s best qualities and increase its use by making it a safer and more enjoyable place for people to visit," Mr Snow said.
"The authority recognises the park’s environmental, societal and heritage importance so the initial physical changes will be temporary, easily removable and undertaken without impacting the existing trees."
The tender documents said the despite the park being close to residential and urban areas, it was underused by the community and was not considered a safe place, especially by women.
"This is largely due to a combination of poor visibility caused by dense vegetation and poor lighting, and lack of passive surveillance due to low levels of activity, especially at night," the document said.
In June, Haig Park was the location where Canberrans went to pay respect to Eurydice Dixon. The young comedian was killed as she walked across a soccer field in Melbourne on her way home in June this year.
At the time, the Reclaim Haig Park vigil organiser Blair Williams said the park was chosen as the location of the vigil because many people did not feel safe when walking through.
The park, which was developed in 1921-23, was originally used as a windbreak/shelter belt to protect the then emerging city centre from dust-laden northwesterly winds. In 2000 the park was listed on the ACT Heritage Register.
Mr Snow said the successful tenderer would work with the authority to put together a program that will try a number of proposals.
"We are looking for a multi-disciplinary team capable of designing and implementing physical projects as well as running public activities and events within the park," he said.
"They will need to lead the design and installation of small, temporary upgrades to the park’s infrastructure, such as signage, play areas or fitness equipment, as well as running a program of cultural events and activities."
The contractor must consult the community to help the authority measure the success of the trial for long-term suitability.