Construction has now started on a fantastic new community recreation park in Moncrieff for the residents of north Gungahlin.

With a variety of facilities and equipment to cater for a range of uses the new Moncrieff Community Recreation Park, at the corner of O’Keefe Avenue and Gussey Street, will be a destination for both fun and fitness.

One of three playgrounds in Moncrieff, I am sure the recreation park will be a well utilised community asset and popular meeting place for local residents.

As well as having a Canberra-first learn-to-ride circuit, the park will include:

  • playground areas to suit a range of ages
  • barbecue areas with picnic tables, seating and shade
  • outdoor gym equipment
  • a multi-sport court to cater for sports such as basketball, futsal and volleyball
  • table tennis tables
  • volleyball nets
  • cricket nets
  • a drinking fountain
  • bike racks
  • toilets

Construction of the recreation park will be a complex project, with the procurement of specialist play equipment as well as the installation of large irrigated turf areas for sport and recreation activities.

The government’s investment in quality physical activity infrastructure like this is one of the reasons the ACT has the highest physical activity participation rate in the country.

The Gungahlin suburb of Moncrieff is bound by Horse Park Drive to the north and the existing suburbs of Ngunnawal and Amaroo to the south and east. It is located about 4km from the Gungahlin Town Centre and includes about 2,200 dwellings, a group centre, community facilities, parks and playground areas. 

As well as its three playgrounds the suburb has plenty to offer for active Canberrans including, significant hilltops and ridges that have been retained as urban open space.

There will be ponds throughout the estate, which include views to the open space and hills between Jacka and Taylor.

The recreation park is expected to be completed in late 2017.