MOVING Floriade from Commonwealth Park to Glebe Park may provide an opportunity to reclaim some green space and reinvigorate Canberra’s city centre.Glebe Park is a largely forgotten corner of Civic. But when the ABC flats are demolished and new apartments in Reid completed, Glebe Park will become the backyard for many new families.
As the city reorients itself, we are presented with new possibilities. For example, perhaps it’s time to give the carousel, loved by families since 1974, a new home and a new lease on life in Glebe Park.
Moving Floriade may also be a chance to rethink some parts of Garema Place and City Walk, which could be transformed to attract visitors into the city, providing a walkable link through to Glebe Park and Floriade.
Other pocket parks are needed to lure more people outdoors – with Floriade the perfect platform to make this happen.
Haig Park is another under-utilised city space that requires additional attention and investment to make it safe and accessible.
As Canberra becomes denser and more diverse, we need to invest in green spaces – and to think of our parks as outdoor community centres that enhance the liveliness and liveability of our city.
Thinking creatively about Floriade’s location could be an ingredient needed to build a flourishing city centre.