Martin Ollman

Haig Park Place Manager

Haig Park Experiments were a City Renewal Authority project trialling a range of temporary events, activities and light-touch park improvements to create meaningful connections to the park for surrounding residents and wider Canberra. Dionysus worked in a consortium including Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Tait Network, and led by the University of Canberra.

In 2020, the program extended to include less experimental and more long-term focussed projects to harness the incredible uplift and repetitional changes achieved in 2019.

In 2021, we are on fire.

Awards:

  • Planning Excellence Award (Best Planning Ideas – Small Project)
  • Planning Institute Award of Australia (ACT)
Client

City Renewal Authority, ACT Government

Purpose

Events, installations and community-focussed activities to revitalise Haig Park, in Canberra's Inner North.

Roles

Major events management and communications for Haig Park, plus project management in 2020 and 2021

When

April 2019 - December 2019 and August 2020 onwards

Project calendar

Project
Client
Purpose
Roles
When

Play Outside Day: The Great Haig Park Water Fight

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

A community fun event to enjoy the same old summery water fight through a sustainable lens.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

When

4th December 2021, 12-5pm

Where

Braddon end of Haig Park

Website
Caitlin Welch

PAWS Party: Book Week

To celebrate book week, this is a special literature themed PAWS Party!

PAWS Party is a monthly opportunity for everyone…

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Building community of regular park uses by providing an event and equipment for dog owners and their dogs to gather and connect.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

When

28th August 2021, 1-3pm

Where

Haig Park

Established

2019

Website

Play Outside Day: Return of Bubble-Oh-7

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Interactive activities and live music in the park as a continuation of the 2019 Kids Movement Festival.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

When

7th August 2021

Where

Haig Park

Website
Martin Ollman

PAWS Party: The Hound of Music

Busting out their best winter coats, peaople and paws joined us for a special Pawllywood PAWS Party. There was lots of…

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Building community of regular park uses by providing an event and equipment for dog owners and their dogs to gather and connect.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

When

31st July 2021, 1-3pm

Where

Haig Park

Established

2019

Website
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The Thingery

Client

CIty Renewal Authority

Purpose

Trial of community hire facility to loan event-related gear to improve the quality of community-run events in Haig Park.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

Impacting ~3000 people

When

July 2021 onwards

Where

Haig Park

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PAWS Party: Colourful Coats and Cuddles

Busting out our best winter coats and, the last PAWS Party of the season brought back all of our old favourites 🎉
🐾 Dog…

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Building community of regular park uses by providing an event and equipment for dog owners and their dogs to gather and connect.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~100 attendees not including woofers

When

26th June 2021, 1-3pm

Where

Haig Park

Established

2019

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PAWS Party: Lending A Paw

This pawrty was all about celebrating our endlessly positive dog's contribution to our lives. When life rains on us, our…

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Building community of regular park uses by providing an event and equipment for dog owners and their dogs to gather and connect.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~100 attendees not including woofers

When

5th June 2021, 1-3pm

Where

Haig Park

Established

2019

-

PAWS Party: Furry Families

Whether you are older, younger, related through friendship or a stoic single, you are never alone with a furry companion…

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Building community of regular park uses by providing an event and equipment for dog owners and their dogs to gather and connect.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~100 attendies not including woofers

When

15th May 2021, 10am-12pm

Where

Haig Park

Established

2019

Martin Ollman

Canberra Tree Week

This event celebrated trees by weaving amongst them, learning about them and creating with them.

Balance was tested with…

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

An opportunity for Canberrans to celebrate the unique trees that surround and fill our wonderful city.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~500 attendees

When

1st - 9th May 2021

Where

Haig park

Martin Ollman

Ngala Noticeboard

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

One beautiful noticeboard to promote the activities of the Ngala Social Club with playful directional signage (nature play, bathrooms, dog gear, Lonsdale St, Ngunnawal icons, etc).

Roles

Manage on behalf of City Renewal Authority

Size

~5000 roving audience

When

Installation in early May

Where

South end of Lonsdale-Henty pathway, Haig Park

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Play Outside Day with Suitcase Rummage

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Interactive activities and live music in the park as a continuation of the 2019 Kids Movement Festival.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~750 attendees

When

1st May 2021

Where

Eastern end of Haig Park

Martin Ollman

Poetry x Street Art

Artist Faith Kerehona and poet Zoe Anderson collaborated on a live art and poetry event in Haig Park on this Sunday…

Client

CIty Renewal Authority

Purpose

A collaboration of mediums and metaphors mixing visual and poetic artforms.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~75 attendees

When

25th April 2021

Where

Haig Park

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PAWS Party with Northside Community Service

To celebrate the arrival of our new equipment we had our first PAWS party of 2021!

There were classic love ballads…

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Building community of regular park uses by providing an event and equipment for dog owners and their dogs to gather and connect.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~100 attendies not including woofers

When

17th April 2021, 10am-12pm

Where

Haig Park

Established

2019

Anna

Books Up a Tree

Client

CIty Renewal Authority

Purpose

Curated books hidden in the trees, containing little messages relevant to the book and context, letting people feel welcome to explore the park.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~250 attendees

When

March onwards

Where

Whole of Haig Park

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Little People's Big Day Out - Ainslie Primary School

Client

Ainslie Primary School, City Renewal Authority

Purpose

To vibrate the park with the bands of Ainslie Primary School’s senior music program.

Roles

Communicate and support

When

30th of March 2021

Where

Eastern end of Haig Park

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Dog Agility Equipment

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

To provide a permanent competition-grade dog agility course for dog owners and groups around Canberra.

Roles

Manage on behalf of City Renewal Authority

Size

Expected audience ~5000

Where

Haig park, close to the community centre

Established

Installed end of February 2021

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PAWS Party: Santa Paws

You better watch out, you better not shout, you better not pout, and we’re telling you why…

Santa Paws is coming to town…

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Building community of regular park uses by providing an event and equipment for dog owners and their dogs to gather and connect.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~100 attendees not including woofers

When

12th December 2020, 1-3pm

Where

Haig Park

Established

2019

Algiva

Pop Inn @ Haig Park

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

A community focused event featuring entertainment with local band ‘Goldseeker’ with support by Mr. Michael, food and beverages by The Pop Inn, and canine inspired event ‘Santa Paws’ with pet friendly vendors adjacent to the Haig Park dog agility course.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~100 attendees

When

12th December, 2020

Where

Haig Park, Braddon

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PAWS Party: Furry Fashion

Who let the dogs out?

We’re invited our furry friends to strut their stuff on the catwalk for our fashion-themed Haig…

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Building community of regular park uses by providing an event and equipment for dog owners and their dogs to gather and connect.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~100 attendees not including woofers

When

14th November 2020, 10am-12pm

Where

Haig Park

Established

2019

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Greyhound Pack Walk October 2020

Client

CIty Renewal Authority

Purpose

A group walk to promote the use of the Park and encourage meeting of likeminded people.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~50 attendees

When

18th October 2020

Where

Haig Park

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PAWS Party: Pawsitivity

And they called it puppy love…

We all know how important our pets are to our general wellbeing and mental health, so…

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Building community of regular park uses by providing an event and equipment for dog owners and their dogs to gather and connect.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~100 attendees not including woofers

When

10th October 2020, 10am-12pm

Where

Haig Park

Established

2019

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Floriade Planting Workshop

Lead by Ben Taylor and as part of City Renewal Authority's Floriade in the City initiative, 1000 annuals and 1000 bulbs…

Client

CIty Renewal Authority

Purpose

Open activity for the public to learn and help with the display of flowers and plants in specially designed wicker boxes.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~70 attendees

When

12th September 2020

Where

Haig Park

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PAWS Party: Spring Spritz

We went bark to basics for one of our first 2020 events in Haig Park.

Haig Park Paw Parties featured all the crowd…

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Building community of regular park uses by providing an event and equipment for dog owners and their dogs to gather and connect.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~100 attendees not including woofers

When

12th September 2020, 10am-12pm

Where

Haig Park

Established

2019

-

Greyhound Pack Walk September 2020

Client

CIty Renewal Authority

Purpose

A group walk to promote the use of the Park and encourage meeting of likeminded people.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~50 attendees

When

6th September 2020

Where

Haig Park

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POP! in Haig Park

FULL LIST OF ACTIVITIES, PERFORMANCES AND STALLS:
~ Maddie Tranter – bubble nets and DIY bubble wands
~ Deb Lane – pop…

Client

CIty Renewal Authority

Purpose

Bubble focused day with science, art, and cultural explorations of bubbles.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~400 attendees

When

7th December 2019

Where

Haig Park

Anna Mayberry

Christmas Paw Party

Christmas pupper play date with agility equipment, Santa Claus and plenty of yummy treats!

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Building community of regular park uses by providing an event and equipment for dog owners and their dogs to gather and connect.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~100 attendees not including woofers

When

30th November 2019

Where

Haig Park

Established

2019

Anna Mayberry

Big Spring Picnic

~ PETS, PIZZA PIANO & PINOT near Froggatt St in Turner
~ KIDS PLAY AREA near McCaughey St in Turner
~ DANCE AND PICNIC…

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

The Big Spring Picnic was a celebration of the best that spring has to offer in Canberra – a gorgeous setting, good friends and great times!

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~2000 attendees

When

17th November 2019

Where

Haig park

Martin Ollman

Carpark Dance Party

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

A bright, lively dance event in the Mandalay carpark could provide an opportunity to celebrate the existing community of patrons within the park’s vicinity

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~200 attendees

When

2nd November 2019

Where

Mandalay Carpark, Haig park

Martin Ollman

Nature Play Day Two

Nature Play, Slack Lines, Beanbags, Garden Games and the Art Cart with a craft activity.

Client

CIty Renewal Authority

Purpose

An event to promote kids to come and try the temporary nature play area and increase the Haig Park dwell time by families.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~100 attendees

When

8th October 2019

Where

Haig Park

Sarah Hope

Nature Play Day

Nature Play, Slack Lines, Beanbags, Garden Games and the Art Cart with a craft activity.

Client

CIty Renewal Authority

Purpose

An event to promote kids to come and try the temporary nature play area and increase the Haig Park dwell time by families.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~100 attendees

When

1st October 2019

Where

Haig Park

Sarah Hope

Haig Park Labrynth

Building a labyrinth in the park added an amenity to the park by providing a contemplative counterbalance to the busy…

Client

CIty Renewal Authority

Purpose

A labyrinth provides a quiet oasis where people can pause, step out of the frenetic pace of life, and take time to rejuvenate.

Roles

Manage on behalf of City Renewal Authority

When

Installed 28th Sept 2019

Where

Haig Park close to the corner of Henty St and Wise St, Braddon.

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Women's Wellbeing Day

ALL DAY (12-4pm)

~ Shadow Drawing with Genevieve Swifte

~ Tree Climbing with women of the ACT Tree Community

~ Blanket Knitting with

Client

CIty Renewal Authority

Purpose

An event focused around health and wellbeing in urban open space and natural spaces - broad spectrum, mental health, physical health, safety and more.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~150 attendees

When

28th September 2019

Where

Haig Park

Sarah Hope

Greyhound Pack Walk

Client

CIty Renewal Authority

Purpose

A group walk to promote the use of the Park and encourage meeting of likeminded people.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~50 attendees

When

22nd September 2019

Where

Haig Park

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Paw Party September

Doggy play date with agility equipment, Dog of Haig Park exhibition and plenty of yummy treats!

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Building community of regular park uses by providing an event and equipment for dog owners and their dogs to gather and connect.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~100 attendees not including woofers

When

8th September 2019

Where

Haig Park

Established

2019

Anna Mayberry

Forest of Light

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

A free night light art photography workshop in the forest.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~250 attendees

When

31st August 2019

Where

Haig Park

Heidi Duncan

Festival of the Forest

Ins and outs:

ELM (main stage)

RADIATA…

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Winter time festival focused around the act of keeping warm and celebrating seasonal diversity with food, music and performances.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~6000 attendees

When

Saturday 24th August 2019, 1-7pm

Where

Haig Park in between Mort and Lonsdale St

Pat Rose

Kids and Families Bike Riding Day

What happened?

Free bike maintenance checks - Complimentary 15-minute bike check conduced by Trek Bicycle Canberra

Client

CIty Renewal Authority

Purpose

A fun filled day at the temporary bike skills track in Turner Parklands

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~100 attendees

When

17th August 2019

Where

Haig Park

Martin Ollman

Kids Movement Festival

A fun-filled event focused on kids’ interaction and active movement in nature. The program included a range of…

Client

CIty Renewal Authority

Purpose

Focused on enriching children's experience of Haig Park, contributing to greater park visitation and improved perception.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~300 attendees

When

20th July 2019

Where

Haig Park

Martin Ollman

Fairy Garden Making

~ Fairy Garden making with Sticks and Stones Nature Playgroup
~ 'Letter to a Fairy' writing activity with Ms Constance…

Client

CIty Renewal Authority

Purpose

Open activity for kids and parents to build "fairy gardens" from natural materials.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~100 attendees

When

9th July 2019

Where

Haig Park

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Pop Up Paw Party (PUPP)

Celebrating the installation of new dog agility equipment!

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Building community of regular park uses by providing an event and equipment for dog owners and their dogs to gather and connect.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~75 attendees not including woofers

When

29th June 2019

Where

Haig Park

Established

2019

Anna Mayberry

Community Welcome Event

The event featured a Welcome to Country by Aunty Roslyn Brown, cake, coffee and nibbles from local businesses Sly Fox…

Client

CIty Renewal Authority

Purpose

Shared cuppas, live music and arts to inform the community of the coming activities and experiments.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate

Size

~100 attendees

When

22th June 2019

Where

Haig Park

Adam Thomas