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Coombs Play Space at Holden’s Creek Pond - Project Update

4 March 2022

As the new play space at Holdens Creek Pond progresses, Evoenergy will be carrying out some civil and electrical connection work shortly. This will involve excavation work around the small green mini pillar between house number 36 and number 38 Edgeworth Parade and will require the closure of a section of the pathway in that area. The work is likely to be completed by Saturday 26 March 2022. 

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. If you have any concerns about this, or anything else related to the play space construction, please contact Simon Frowd, SLA Construction Manager on 02 6205 0414 or via email at

Project Update: Play space construction starts at Holdens Creek Pond – September 2021

In line with recent planning approvals, work will soon commence on the construction of the new play space at Holdens Creek Pond along Edgeworth Parade.

Construction works will be undertaken by RAM Constructions on behalf of the Suburban Land Agency and is scheduled to be completed by April 2022. Please note these dates are subject to both COVID-19 impacts and wet weather.

All works will be completed between the hours of 7.00am and 5.00pm from Monday to Friday as well as 7.00am to 4.00pm on Saturdays. There will be no onsite works on Sundays.

This work is permitted to proceed in line with the current public health directions. You can read these at

Local traffic impacts are likely throughout project construction. To minimise this, the contractor has developed and lodged a Temporary Traffic Management Plan with ACT Government’s Transport Canberra and City Services for approval.

For more information about the play space project, please see below.

Should you have any concerns about construction progress, please contact Rodney Thompson, our Development Manager on 02 6205 6097 or email

Project Update: Design Approval and Construction Program – May 2021

The Coombs Play Space is approved!

Transport Canberra and City Services have signed off on the final details of the design and the Development Application for the additional parking has got the tick.  The bespoke playground equipment and pond edge shade structures are currently being manufactured interstate and the Suburban Land Agency is finalising the Tender documentation before releasing it to market.  Construction is now on track to commence in mid to late July 2021.

Thank you to all Coombs residents who have been very patient as we have navigated what is a very detailed and exciting design through Government. We look forward to turning the first sod in July.

If you have any comments or queries before or during the construction phase, please contact us at

Project Update: Final Sketch Plans – August 2020

The play space at Holdens Creek Pond Coombs has reached the final sketch plan phase.  

All the major elements from the preliminary sketch plans are featured and as you may be able to see, there is a bit of a theme to this play space! To catch a glimpse of what is on the way, please check out the birds eye view and cross section sketches and read about some of the equipment which will feature below. 

What will be there to play with?

  • Dual slide Birds Nest Tower
  • Pods with rope ladder connection and single slide
  • Balance logs, posts and beams
  • All abilities carousel 
  • Step logs 
  • Rain wheel 
  • Talk tube
  • Spider net swing 
  • Timber T swings
  • Joey swing seat (adult and infant) 
  • All abilities harness swing
  • Embankment slides
  • Willy Willy Spinner
  • Inground Ant Springers
  • Mini kids in-ground trampolines

Other things that you might like to know

  • The final sketch plans show that parking will be provided for nine cars including one accessible parking spot.
  • The shade will ultimately be provided by trees and man-made shade structures. Whilst trees grow, the shade structures chosen are durable metal with perforations to allow air to circulate through. They are designed to look like seasonal leaves. 
  • A selection of trees and shrubs will be planted around and through the play space. 
  • Pond-side seating and shade will be provided as places to reflect and enjoy the view and wildlife. 
  • Additional seating around the full perimeter of Holdens Creek Pond will be added.

We are also looking at opportunities to collaborate with Canberran artists on elements within the play space. Watch this space!

What happens next? 

  • Detailed documentation and relevant internal Government approvals by December 2020
  • Tendering and tender award by March 2021
  • Build completion by November 2021.

Final sketch plans are included here for your interest:

Thank you for your continued support as we progress this much anticipated project - we are excited to be one step closer to bringing this play space to the Coombs community!  

For more information please get in touch with us at

Project Update: Preliminary Sketch Plans – May 2020

The Play Space at Holdens Creek Pond Coombs has reached the Preliminary Sketch Plan Phase with the release of the new concept plan and indicative elevations.  While there are still plenty of fine details to work through, the majority of elements have been retained including the birds nest tower, the pod structures, swings and slides, a BBQ and picnic area, shade structures and landscaping. 

Importantly the new design for the play space better integrates with the site with the majority of elements now moved to the west of the site and benched into the terrain so as to minimise the visual impact from Edgeworth Parade.  Additional pond seating and shade structure have also been included for more passive recreation opportunities.

Due to a number of issues associated with COVID-19, the timeline for the project has been extended.  As at May 2020, the program is;

  • Final plan by August 2020
  • Detailed documentation and relevant internal Government approvals by December 2020
  • Tendering and tender award by March 2021
  • Build completion by November 2021.

The preliminary sketch plans are included below for your interest:

For more information please check out our frequently asked questions:

or please get in touch with us at

Project Update: Final Design Specification - February 2020

Thank you to everyone who took part in Stage 2 of the Coombs Play Space consultation. The SLA has now carefully reviewed this feedback and undertaken further due diligence on sporting and play facilities in Coombs, adjacent suburbs and in the future Molonglo Town Centre. The Agency has also considered the various publicly available planning documents that existed at the time of the release of land in Coombs.

Based on this review, a revision to the design will be undertaken consistent with the below specification:

The revised design will not require a development application, however the project will undergo a second preliminary sketch plan phase before progressing through to a final sketch plan, construction documentation and tender, and construction. Sketches and 3D renders of the final design with more details of the final specification will be released publicly once completed. Design and construction timeframes will also be released once confirmed.

Project Update - December 2019

The second round of community engagement for the Coombs Play Space at Holden’s Creek Pond concluded in October 2019 and an independent consultation report has been provided to the Suburban Land Agency.

We are currently incorporating the feedback into our plans and designs for the future play space and anticipate providing an update in January 2020.

Thank you to all those who provided valuable feedback. If you would like to see what was said, please click into the report links:

About the Coombs Play Space at Holden’s Creek Pond

Consistent with the Coombs and North Coombs Estate Development Plans, and the Coombs Landscape Strategy, a Play Space is currently being planned for Edgeworth Parade, adjacent to Holden’s Creek Pond. The Play Space is intended to be an inclusive play space with something of interest for all ages as well as visitors to Holden’s Creek Pond and the Molonglo River Corridor.

In August 2019 the SLA appointed an independent consultancy, Communication Link, to develop and undertake the Stage 2 Engagement with community. This focused on:

  • the views on the draft design within individual stakeholder groups including local residents, existing and future users of Holdens Creek Pond and surrounds and interested community or stakeholder groups,
  • the size, scale and proposed inclusions in the current design, and
  • the application of the new Transport Canberra and City Services standards for Municipal Infrastructure (published in April 2019).

For more information please go to Your Say or contact Suburban Land Agency on 02 6205 0600 or email