Three months after shutting down on March 23 due to government directions to restrict the spread of Coronavirus-COVID19, Cockington Green Gardens is now reopened to the public.
Despite adjustments to deal with social distancing and to limit any further spread of Coronavirus, the attraction is fully opened including train-rides, retail outlets and a new offering for drinks and snacks available in the refurbished Rose Room.
With the suspension of Floriade in Commonwealth Park this year, Cockington Green Gardens has been pleased to negotiate with Floriade organizers for the use of bulbs and annuals within the attraction’s grounds. Floriade displays will be spread around the city this year ensuring a colourful Canberra springtime.
Cockington Green Garden’s director of operations, Mark Sarah, said that the team have worked hard over the three months of closure to ensure that the attraction was ready for public presentation once the go ahead for reopening was given.
“The planting of the new ‘Floriade’ display has taken a lot of work given the extensive nature of the gardens in addition to repatriating the existing gardens ready for spring. We have also improved access into our Rose Room facility with the construction of a new ramp.
“Everyone at Cockington Green Gardens is excited to be opened again after enduring a very difficult six months or so which has included the bushfires and the pandemic. On top of that, late last year we lost our much-loved miniature steam-train for a couple of months due to mechanical issues. This is a great time for us and we hope to see lots of domestic visitors in the coming months,” Mark concluded.