Rond Terrace and Commonwealth Park are part of the Parliament House Vista. The Park was designed to provide a green backdrop to the Lake and spectacular views are provided across the Lake. The Park also frames the corridor from Parliament House to the Australian War Memorial and is an extension of Anzac Parade.
Originally designed as parade grounds for military events, this is on the central Land Axis of the Griffin design. The red gravel here is the same as used along Anzac Parade and creates a sound of marching troops when walked upon. Across the lake Commonwealth Place, Old Parliament House and Parliament House form a vista reminiscent of Marion Griffin’s original image of the capitol buildings.