​Princess Wallington Community Parkland

Where is the Parkland going to be located?

The Community Parkland is location in the south-east corner of the Princess Wallington Reserve in Balga on the corner of Camberwell Road and Princess Road. It incorporates the space behind Leisure Park Balga, the old skate park location, sump and temporary car parking.

The image below shows the scope of the Parkland project.


Where did the Community Parkland Project Originate?

In September 2013, Council endorsed the City of Stirling's (City) Skate and BMX Facility Strategy which identified the need for a  skate and BMX facility at Princess Wallington Reserve, Balga.

A comprehensive planning process was undertaken based on key planning principles that represented community values and outcomes for the project.  During the planning process it was essential to consider how the skate and BMX facility would integrate with other existing and future uses on Princess Wallington Reserve. This included extensive community consultation in 2015 with local school students, local residents, wider community and community groups. 

As such, the Community Parkland project provides a more holistic  approach  to provide the community with accessible and free recreational options.

What is included in the Community Parkland?

The Community Parkland includes:

  • Skate Facility;
  • Dirt BMX Track;
  • Multi-courts (soccer, basketball and netball);
  • Parkour and youth area (includes seating, in-ground trampolines and WIFI);
  • Formalised car parking;
  • Parkland and picnic amenity;
  • Public art;
  • Regional playground; and
  • Community event and market space.

Included within these areas are park amenity such as barbeques, shelters, public toilets, seats, drink fountains and bins. There will also be open grassed areas for dog walking, relaxing and playing kick to kick.  

What is Parkour?

Parkour is a type of physical activity which involves moving between obstacles in the most efficient way by using abilities of the body such as running, jumping and climbing. It can also be called 'free running'.  Parkour and gymnastics type features were popular during the consultation period.

What are Multi-courts?

The multi-courts offer one full sized court with basketball and soccer as the most popular sports with additional practise half-court  for basketball and netball on the southern end.  Multi-courts are a new way of incorporating several different sporting options into one facility such as soccer, basketball and netball. They have become popular among Local Governments as they allow use by a larger cross section of the community. The multi-courts are designed to provide free and casual use by the community and are not available to be booked for formal sporting teams to train or play matches. The City currently has installed multi-courts at both Des Penman Reserve, Nollamara and Yuluma Park, Innaloo.

What type of Skate and BMX will be provided?

The skate facility focuses users on three stages of advancement opportunities. The beginner street section, central transition and hybrid zone and the kidney bowl which was the most popular item selected during the community consultation.


Additional elements in the skate facility include an elevated stage area which can be used for workshops, youth events and general spectators as well as seating and shade at key wait points such as the edge of the bowl.

The dirt BMX and mountain bike facility will look to provide BMX pump track and jumps as well as elements more suited to mountain bikes pending detailed design. The aim is to have a beginner section along with a more advanced section of track for different user groups. Currently there is a lack of dirt facilities for BMX and mountain bikes within the Perth Metropolitan area.


What Community Consultation has already occurred?

The City undertook extensive community consultation in June 2015 to develop conceptual designs for the Princess Wallington Reserve Satellite Facility. Consultation included 8 workshops with local schools, community mail-out distributed to over 1,500 households, community survey, Facebook page, stall at the Balga Friday Markets, community group meetings and information stalls at local centres such as Mirrabooka Shopping Centre and Herb Graham Recreation Centre. The community survey received 262 submissions with an overwhelming 94.6%  being from the suburb of Balga. The community provided overwhelming support for the facilities with 95.4% of respondents supporting the project. 

The City would like to thank everyone who participated in the consultation process to date and looks to continue this positive engagement with the community throughout the project. 

We invite you to watch the Community Consultation Video

 

What future opportunity will there be for the community to be involved?

The City will continue to engage with the community and user groups throughout the project. If you would like to receive updates on this project or have any queries please email the City on stirling@stirling.wa.gov.au or on 9205 8555.

Will there be any loss of existing trees and vegetation?

The placement and planning of elements to integrate with the natural environment was purposefully thought out with the aim to maximise the retention of large shade trees and vegetation such as the grass trees. Therefore, the more rigid facilities such as the skate facility and car parking are in spaces already cleared. More fluid and flexible infrastructure such as the regional playground take on the existing natural features and provide a more connected experience.  

What security measures will be considered?

The City takes safety and security of its' local community very seriously and has looked at ways to ensure the community parkland provides a safe and welcoming environment. Some of these initiatives include CCTV, lighting, maximise sight lines, keeping pathways wide and open. The parkland will be re-located in a more prominent location, maximising site lines from roads and adjacent buildings, activating the internal spaces, using CCTV, lighting options and security patrols.

What about car parking?

The Community Parkland Plan seeks to provide new centrally located car parking which replaces the current temporary parking area, re-configuring the northern carpark adjacent to the sporting fields (addition of 4bays) and re-activating the currently underutilised carpark (73 bays) off Camberwell Road, near the Balga Community Centre.

What are the project timeframes?

The construction of the community parkland is scheduled to begin in 2018/2019 financial year.

Award

In 2016, the City received a High Commendation for the overall Princess Wallington Community Parkland project from Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA). Recognised in the Leisure and/or Open Space Planning category, the honour acknowledged the project's exceptional level of engagement with the community and innovative planning approaches.

Next steps

The City will now commence detailed design and community engagement for the Community Parkland project. This is required to prepare the project documentation to meet the scheduled construction date in 2018/2019.

Queries

If you have any queries relating to this project, please email the City on stirling@stirling.wa.gov.au or call 9205 8555.