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Move @ Moncrieff

A play space in Gungahlin that is beautifully done.

Moncrieff is a new suburb in the north.

Move at Moncrieff, Moncrieff Community Recreation Park Playground

The Taylor estate is opposite on the other side of Horse Park Drive. This area is quite flat and the bike infrastructure is good. The estate planning in Gungahlin has worked out well for cyclists. All the more puzzling why the estate planning in Molonglo Valley, which started later, has been so patchy. One of the successes of urban planning in Gungahlin is certainly the Moncrieff Community Recreation Park Playground. It is also known as “Move at Moncrief”.

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Getting there

The playground is easy to see from a distance. The coloured map below (isochrone) shows the ride distance from the playground. Each ring is 1km distance. The green ring is within 1km from the playground. Yerrabi Pond, Ngunnawahl, Bonner and Casey are about 3km away. Taylor and Amaroo within 2km.

Moncrieff Community Recreation Park Playground. Isochrone plot generated with OpenRouteService. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
Moncrieff Community Recreation Park Playground. Isochrone plot generated with OpenRouteService. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

The playground is well connected with community paths. This makes it a great biking destination. There are excellent off-road bike paths from Amaroo along Horse Park Drive and Merrabei Drive. Crossings are at lights on Horse Park Drive, and drivers seem to be aware of cyclists being around. The Bicentennial National Trail lies between Ngunnawahl and Moncrieff. Nobody lives in Taylor yet but there is an underpass beneath Horse Park Drive to Moncrieff.

Moncrieff bike paths. CyclOSM v0.3.6 Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
Moncrieff bike paths. CyclOSM v0.3.6 Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Moncrieff ends where it drops off into the Ginninderra Creek valley to the south. There are spectacular bike paths along this valley and a great descent from Yunggaballi Park, which is best avoided with little kids. Rule Nr 1: kids cannot brake or judge traffic. Even on small descents kids can get themselves into trouble. One of the reasons that gradients of 5% or less are recommended for bike paths.

Using the data from the last 2016 Census, 25,654 people were living within a 4km ride of this play space. It would be a lot more today. At the time only 6 people were living within 1km of it. This is not surprising as Moncrieff was nothing but a construction site at that time.

The Area

Moncrief has developed into a nice suburb with other playgrounds around should you ever get bored with this one. Crackerjack Way Neighbourhood Playground (local playground), Yunggaballi Park, lies on a hill in Moncrieff a little to the south. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground (play space), Taylor, lies to the north-west. Devenish Street playground is a small local playground on the Robin Boyd Crescent roundabout. Ngunnawahl has many more.

There are shops at Gungahlin and Casey 4km away but the nice shops beside the Amaroo mega-school are much closer and only 2km away.

Moncrieff Community Recreation Park Playground. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
Moncrieff Community Recreation Park Playground. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

The playground

The playground covers quite a big area. As a “play space”, it offers activities for all ages from young children to adults. An area the size of a basketball court is found at the north end with a good surface for ball sports. There is a large grass area close to the car park. You will also find here bike parking, water fountain, toilets, and picnic and BBQ facilities. The playground has an open-air fitness centre for adults. I think this a great idea! The whole area is covered with shade cloth for protection from the sun. The playground includes swings and slides as usual but also a few unusual things such as a hamster wheel and children’s bike circuit.

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