Kings Park Improvements

Location
Kings Park, Parkes
Project Type
Construction
Landscaping
Stage 2 - Project Construction and Superintendence
Construction Start Date
September 2021
Completion Date
December 2021
Temporary Road or Lake Closures
Yes

Update 1 October 2021

Adjustments have had to be made to the permanent closure date of Wendouree Drive.

The new date for closure is now Wednesday 13 October 2021, at which point there will be no through traffic for cars using Wendouree Drive. To access, please see helpful points below in the previous update.

Update 29 September 2021

Wendouree Drive permanent closure for cars from Monday 4 October 2021.

If you are looking to drive to Kings Park after Wendouree Drive closes to cars, here are some helpful points:

  • Wendouree Drive is changing and will no longer be a through route for cars.  While the works are underway, the only road access and exit to Kings Park will be at the south-east end via Kings Avenue onto Wendouree Drive.
  • If visiting Blundells Cottage, or other sites of interest at the north-west end of Kings Park, parking is available at the Rond Terrace carpark, off Parkes Way. 
  • When the works are complete, people driving to Kings Park will be able to enter and exit at each end of the park, either from Constitution Avenue or from Kings Avenue. Each end will have its own parking area.

Kings Park Stage 2 works

Stage 1 works in Kings Park were completed in December 2020 and included additional parking spaces close to Boundless Playground.

Stage 2 works will commence on Monday 13 September 2021 and be undertaken over the next few months. The works have been designed to improve cycle and pedestrian safety, address parking shortages near Blundells Cottage and deliver a range of improvements to enhance the overall visitor experience.

The Stage 2 works include:

  • Additional parking near Parkes Way underpass near Blundells Cottage
  • Relocation of parking from Blundells Cottage to the new parking area
  • Closure of the centre section of Wendouree Drive from Blundells Cottage and near Aspen Island to a cycle only path
  • Works to assist the redirection of commuter cyclists from RG Menzies Walk to existing asphalt paths (in Commonwealth Park)
  • A new dedicated coach drop-off near Blundells Cottage and a coach drop-off at the National Police Memorial
  • Additional disabled parking bays located at the new car park near Blundells Cottage (north end of park)
  • Improve mobility and wheelchair accessible pathway to Blundells Cottage

Background

From August 2020 to October 2020, the National Capital Authority (NCA) invited community consultation for the draft Kings Park Improvement Strategy Draft Concept Plan. 

The community consultation found there was majority support for:

  • more parking
  • road closure
  • converting Wendouree Drive to a cycle only path
  • options for the separation of cyclists and pedestrians

The comments and ideas as outcomes of the community consultation were used to inform the design development and implementation stages.

Draft Construction Programs for Stage 2

Kings Park Improvements Stage 2 - Key plan areas outlined
Key plan areas outlined in red

Wendouree Drive road closure near toilets (south end of Kings Park)
Wendouree Drive road closure near toilets (south end of Kings Park)

Path realign to divert fast cycle off RG Menzies Walk in Commonwealth Park
Path realign to divert fast cycle off RG Menzies Walk in Commonwealth Park 

Car park near Blundells Cottage
Car park near Blundells Cottage

Temporary coach parking near National Police Memorial
Coach drop-off near National Police Memorial

Accessible path to Blundells Cottage
Accessible path to Blundells Cottage 

To find out about the closures for this project, please click here.

Kings Park