Greenery and foliage will be at the centre of the $1.6 million City Walk upgrade. You may have already noticed fencing going up with works commencing this week.

The City Renewal Authority will lead major landscape improvements to the section of City Walk between Garema Place and Ainslie Place in an effort to transform City Walk into a destination rather than a walk through.

City Renewal Authority CEO, Malcolm Snow said the upgrade would bring new life to an underused part of our city centre, reinvigorating the heart and soul of Civic and creating an exciting new destination for all Canberrans and visitors to our city.

“The upgrades have been designed to create new comfortable and attractive places to stop, sit, play and spend time in the heart of Civic,” Mr Snow said.

The landscape improvements will see the installation of more than 3000 new plants – including 14 replacement trees – 630 square metres of lawn areas, new paving, better lighting and new street furniture.

From raised garden bed seating, tall bar-style benches, stools, picnic tables and chairs, and even chaise lounges; there will be ample seating to enjoy the new garden oasis.

The overall improvements will add greenery all year around, shade in summer and a more attractive destination for local businesses on the strip.

Indigenous construction company Rork Projects has been appointed to manage the construction works and should be completed before the normally busy summer season begins.