Designs

Coombs Riverside Design

By HASSELL

  • Coombs Riverside Design

    Coombs Riverside Design

  • Coombs Riverside Design

    Coombs Riverside Design

  • Coombs Riverside Design

    Coombs Riverside Design

About the project

Coombs Riverside Design regenerates over 52 ha of bushland habitat in Canberra’s latest urban development area - the Molonglo Valley
HASSELL is working with the ACT Government to realise the plan for Canberra’s latest urban development area, the Molonglo Valley, located just seven kilometres from Parliament House.

HASSELL developed the overarching concept plan for the Molonglo River Park, an enormous 650 hectare park that will extend 14 kilometres downstream from Lake Burley Griffin, providing a dramatic river gorge setting for its 55,000 future residents. Building on this foundation, HASSELL has also designed the first stage of the park, which comprises 2.5 kilometres of riverbank adjacent to the new Molonglo Valley suburb of Coombs. The preliminary designs for Coombs Riverside include proposals for the remediation and regeneration of bushland habitat, asset protection zones to help manage fire risk, and recreational infrastructure, such as walking and equestrian trails, picnic areas and interpretive displays.

The ideas represented in the concept plan transcend traditional park making practices by incorporating ecological and sustainable management values, and contemporary placemaking theory, combined with a high level of community engagement. Through education, landcare and public awareness initiatives, the ongoing community engagement program will support the effective implementation of well-grounded placemaking functions along with strategies for active transport, healthy living and cultural education.

On completion of the staged implementation, the entire Molonglo River Park will be restored to ecological health and resilience, providing an engaging, safe and diverse natural environment for the enjoyment of future residents, visitors and the wider Canberra community.