A transportable micro park is temporarily coming to Garema Place in spring this year. This project will be a pilot for the rollout of more micro parks in the ACT in coming years.
But what is a micro park?
Micro parks, also known as pocket parks or parklets, are small, inviting public spaces that provide opportunities for recreational activities. They are typically located in underutilised, densely populated urban areas to provide "green" space among asphalt and concrete infrastructure. Design elements might include trees, landscaping, seating, public art and lighting.
Micro parks have been shown to enhance the urban environment and enhance people's socialisation by providing a place to intermingle and relax.
And what will the micro park in Garema Place look like?
What the micro park looks like will be up to you! A design competition will commence in May 2017 seeking ideas on what the micro park should look and feel like. So get your thinking cap on and start developing your design idea.
A jury will be pulled together to select a shortlist of designs that will then be voted on by the public to determine the winning entry.
The size of the micro park will be less than 30 square metres and must be constructed within a budget of $35,000. The winner will have the opportunity to work with a design consultant to develop their design into a constructible plan for a contractor to install.