Parks and Recreation
Kingston Foreshore open space areas offer the best of both worlds – a relaxing space to enjoy along the tranquil water’s edge, or a place where exercise enthusiasts can enjoy staying active with water sports, walking or cycling all on a beautiful waterfront setting.
Whether you’re a local club, an individual or a small or large group of fitness lovers, you’re invited to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Kingston Foreshore. With plenty of parks and open spaces and the Jerrabomberra Wetlands only a short walk away, do yourself a favour and experience all Kingston Foreshore has to offer.
Norgrove Park and Eco-Pond
Much more than just a park, Norgrove Park at the Kingston Foreshore is a meeting place, habitat and conservation achievement. Also the home of the annual Canberra International Music Festival, Norgrove Park is a hub of activity for community groups, local residents and community events.
With 1.2ha of landscaped open space, including community gathering places, a shaded bbq area, room for energetic activities and places for quiet contemplation, Norgrove Park is the best location in Canberra to enjoy life by the lake. Great for a picnic, a family gathering, a weekend stroll or event, Norgrove Park also boasts 2,500m2 of wetlands, with a three metre-deep eco-pond that can store treated stormwater run-off.
The eco-pond and wetlands are a practical example of the Kingston Foreshore’s commitment to environmentally sustainable development. Stormwater captured and treated in the pond will improve the overall water use efficiency at Kingston Foreshore, by reducing a reliance on drinking water for irrigating landscaped areas.
Norgrove Park is just one part of roughly 50 per cent of the area of Kingston Foreshore which will be preserved as public open space. This includes two kilometres of shoreline along Lake Burley Griffin.
Jack Ross Park
Situated along the water’s edge of Kingston Foreshore and between Kingston Foreshore Aurora and Waterfront developments, this space is a tranquil haven amongst the hustle and bustle of the precinct. Jack Ross Park is a unique space both visually and in its location – it is well positioned as the entrance to the buzz of the Promenade’s restaurant scene to the south, and close to the well known historic buildings in the Arts Precinct to the west. Consisting of a range of high quality corten steel furniture and sculptures, with plenty of seated areas to enjoy the surrounds, Jack Ross Park is one of the most picturesque settings in Canberra to watch the world go by.
The park was named through a park naming competition with the winning entry granted to John William (Jack) Ross (c. 1886-1957). Jack Ross originally emigrated from Scotland and moved to Canberra in 1937 where he lived in Kingston with his wife Ivy (1901-1985). Jack Ross is recognised for his community contribution including his role as the founding Pipe Major of the Canberra Burns Club Pipe Band, formed under the auspices of the Canberra Highland Society and Canberra Burns Club.
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