As the University of Canberra's campus development project unfolds, careful consideration is being given to ensuring open spaces on campus are developed and maintained. Under the Campus Master Plan, a number of green areas have been reserved to allow the community to engage with, and take advantage of the natural outdoor spaces and the lifestyle and health benefits these spaces provide.
University Green, located to the west of the concourse, will be developed into an area that is used for a variety of recreational and learning activities.
Options under consideration include:
- Learning and gathering terraces around the Inspire Building.
- A grass amphitheatre for events and gatherings.
- Retention of a mature existing eucalyptus tree conceptualised as the 'Learning Tree'.
- Retention and extension of existing tree plantations with clearings to facilitate activities and programs associated with the academic core.
- Water retention basin and wetland.
- Ecological walks.
- Playgrounds and outdoor fitness facilities.
- Walking paths (including walkways suitable for use by Health Precinct patients).
University Hill, located to the north of the Concourse, will be maintained as a vast open space to facilitate engagement with the natural environment and to provide stunning views of the surrounding area.
The area to the north of University Hill, between Pantowora Street and Ginninderra Drive, will remain development-free so that the existing open space and habitat extends beyond the campus to the retained open space within the Lawson Development.
A pedestrian and cycle loop route linking all areas of the campus is currently under consideration. New buildings and spaces will be built in and around the Community Pathway.
The existing sports ground on Kirinari Street will be transformed into University Lawn – an open space used for events and special occasions.