News

Community welcome / Community activities update
Thursday, 01 August 2019 .
On Wednesday 31 July we facilitated a wonderful event with members of the Canberra Senior Centre and a group of Year 4 students from Ainslie Primary School. The attendees gathered to play card games and share a hot drink with each other. This event was a great example of intergenerational bridging. The next gathering is scheduled for Wednesday 21 August.

Dog walking / Dog walking update
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 .
The dog agility equipment has now been set up at the Turner end of Haig Park. Bring your pooch and try it out if you haven’t already!
 

Art cart / Art cart update
Sunday, 28 July 2019 .
As part of the art cart experiment, a casual drop-in drawing event was held in partnership with the Creative Practise. The event was well attended and featured a live musician and multiple easels for park users to join in. The event was promoted in conjunction with The Pop Inn. 
 

Dog walking / Dog walking update
Sunday, 28 July 2019 .
The second Haig Park Paw Party was held near the end of Lonsdale Street. Advertised in conjunction with The Pop Inn, it was a wonderful event attended by approximately 150 people and over 60 pooches! Keep an eye on the website and Facebook to find out when the next Paw Party will be.
 

Seating / Seating update
Sunday, 28 July 2019 .
Keep an eye out for portable furniture popping up in Haig Park to encourage park users to enjoy sunny days. More significant furniture has been ordered and will be arriving by mid-August.
 

Kids outdoor play day / Kids movement festival update
Sunday, 21 July 2019 .
The Kids Outdoor Play Day held on 20 July was a huge success. The event was enjoyed by over 2,500 attendees and featured a range of physical play activities for children to try. The program also included arts and craft activities, live music, roving performances and food stalls.
 

Art cart / Art cart update
Sunday, 21 July 2019 .
The art cart has been commissioned and will be built fit for purpose. It is expected to be ready for use by early August. A series of artists have been engaged to hold workshops as part of the art cart experiment.
 

Kids pump track / Pump track update
Sunday, 21 July 2019 .
The experiment infrastructure was well received by kids and their families at the Kids Outdoor Play Day.
 

Pavilion / Pavilion update
Sunday, 21 July 2019 .
Haig Park Experiments is excited to announce that acclaimed artists Golderg Aberline Studio have been commissioned to develop and produce this unique experiment infrastructure. It is expected to arrive on-site in mid-September. The “bubble” will play host to a varied program of events and activities.
 

Festival of the forest (Winter festival) / Winter festival update
Sunday, 21 July 2019 .
Critically acclaimed Canberra producer and director Chenoeh Miller has been engaged as a sub-curator to develop the program for this experiment.
 

Kids outdoor play day / Free events and activities
Saturday, 20 July 2019 .

The program for this weekend's fun-filled event focused on kids' interaction and active movement in nature.

Nature play / Nature play update
Thursday, 18 July 2019 .
Haig Park Experiments is working with Nature Play CBR to develop the nature play area. Nature Play CBR has also produced a wonderful ‘playlist’ to help park users make the most of their experience in Haig Park.

 

Entrances / Entrances update
Monday, 15 July 2019 .
Canberra artist Effie Dee’s colourful flags have brought a pop of colour to Haig Park. After a few successful weeks, it was observed that high winds affected the display of the entrance flags. The works have since been reinforced and reinstalled. A second series of entrance flags has also been commissioned.
 

Running track / Running track update
Monday, 15 July 2019 .
The local Turner Scouts have been engaged to help design the temporary running track route. Once done, the works are expected to be installed by the first week of August. The Turner Scouts also created a series of inspirational quotes to place along the track to motivate runners. A warm-up and workout video has been filmed with local business Elements Fitness, which will be accessible by QR code on experiment signage placed around the route.
 

Desire lines / Desire lines update
Monday, 15 July 2019 .
As with the running track experiment, the Turner Scouts have been engaged to help install light-touch improvements to make the desire lines in Haig Park even more attractive and useable. 

Public art exhibition / Public art update
Sunday, 14 July 2019 .
A range of local artists are being commissioned to create installations for this experiment. The installations will be displayed at pop-up activations spread throughout the program.
 

Kids pump track / Pump track update
Sunday, 14 July 2019 .
Local business Makin’ Trax has installed two bike skills circuits in the Turner parklands adjacent to Haig Park.
 

Carpark dance party / Carpark dance battle update
Sunday, 14 July 2019 .
Steve Gow from QL2 Dance and Project Beats has been engaged as an event curator for this experiment. His expertise and networks will help connect the event with the existing dance battle community in Canberra and beyond.
 

Nature play / Nature play update
Wednesday, 10 July 2019 .
A fairy garden-making event was held on 9 July during school holidays for children and their families. Sticks and Stones Nature Playgroup helped to facilitate the event that also included letter writing, face painting and other activities. The event was well attended and provided a great opportunity for Canberra families to enjoy an event in the outdoors.
 

Park caretakers / Park caretakers update
Monday, 08 July 2019 .
Park caretakers have been enjoying regular shifts throughout Haig Park. Their duties have included meeting and greeting park users, handing out dog treats, restocking doggie bags (as part of the dog walking experiment), handing out popcorn on pedestrian paths, and giving general information to passers-by about the Haig Park Experiments program.
 

Heritage signage / Heritage signage update
Wednesday, 03 July 2019 .
Interns from University of Canberra have been engaged to support the heritage signage experiment. The ten trees will be selected in late July by a local arborist.
 

Dog walking / Dog walking update
Monday, 01 July 2019 .
The first Haig Park Paw Party was a huge success. The event featured dog agility equipment, free treats, an on-site behavioural trainer, a photographer to take “Pooch Portraits” and plenty of local furry friends to meet and greet. Head to https://www.facebook.com/HaigParkCBR/photos/?tab=album&album_id=318490185725114 for all the wonderful photos from the event.
 

Litter reduction / Ballot bins update
Monday, 01 July 2019 .
The ballot bins have been ordered from the supplier. There have been some unexpected delays with shipment. The bins will be installed in key locations as soon as they arrive.
 

Dog walking / Haig Park Paw Party
Saturday, 29 June 2019 .
Join us for the launch of this experiment at our "Haig Park Paw Party" featuring a doggy scavenger hunt, an on-site canine obedience advisor from Abcdog and a photographer to snap picture-perfect Pooch Portraits! And of course, coffee available for purchase from local favourites Sly Fox Coffee.
Find us between Greenway, Masson and McCaughey streets, complete with water bowls, bins and bags, and dog agility equipment.
This will also be the launch of #DogsofHaig, a project collecting tales (excuse the pun) and profiles from local dog owners and park users to present throughout Haig Park.

Community welcome / Community welcome event
Monday, 24 June 2019 .
The Community Welcome afternoon tea saw over 300 locals and visitors enjoy a casual event in the park featuring live music, community activities and games, and a free afternoon tea. Head to https://www.facebook.com/HaigParkCBR/photos/?tab=album&album_id=313520996222033 to see photos from the event.
 

Signage and wayfinding / Signage update
Monday, 24 June 2019 .
The first round of signage has been installed. Feedback from park users has been largely positive. A second round of signage will be installed in early August.
 

Formal lighting / Formal lighting installation 1 @ path between Greenway and Masson streets
Thursday, 06 June 2019 .
We will be trialling some temporary battery-powered lights near the Dog walking experiment and Desire line experiment installation 1 to make early evening dog walking in winter just that little bit nicer!

Seating / Seating installation 1
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 .
From July, keep an eye out for moveable seating popping up in the park near the Lonsdale and Mort streets intersection. We will also be using colourful new seating at other events and activities around the park. As the weather gets warmer later in the year, we will also have beanbags and hammocks scattered around the best spots for lounging around.

Art cart / The Art Cart launch
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 .
The Art Cart will be launching a program of free and low-cost creative workshops from July, happening throughout Haig Park – imagine beeswax wrap making, weaving, landscape sketching and more. Make sure to like our Facebook page for regular updates. If you are a local creative and would like to run a workshop via the Art Cart, please get in touch.

Entrances / Entrance 1 @ Park intersection with Lonsdale St from Mid-June to Mid-July
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 .
A series of large striking hand-painted flags have been commissioned from local artist Effie Dee, inspired by the park environment and utilising natural materials and dyes.

Signage and wayfinding / Signage installation 1 from mid-June
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 .
A range of temporary signage will be installed in the park to trial methods of providing information to the public about Haig Park, as well as activities and temporary installations taking place as part of Haig Park Experiments. Signs will pop up on nature strips, around existing light poles and on A-frame signs. We will also make sure you know where you are going with a illustrated map designed by local digital artist Paul Summerfield.

Desire lines / Desire line 1 @ between Greenway and Masson streets, Turner: co-located with Dog Walking Experiment.
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 .
We will trial mulching the existing desire line to test the impact of more defined and improved pathways. The path will also be lit – for more information, see Lighting (Formal) Experiment.

Park caretakers / Caretakers roaming the park
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 .
Find our caretakers roaming the park offering information on the experiments program, seeking your park stories, gathering your input and being a friendly face. Our caretakers will be based out of the depot in Braddon (on Henty Street near the end of the Mort St path) and check our social media to find out when they are on site.

Litter reduction / Ballot bins installation 1
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 .
We will be trialling these bins in locations where lots of cigarette butts are found, aiming to keep these areas cleaner so everyone can enjoy Haig Park. The bins will move around the park based on your feedback on potential locations.