Current Status – Design Development
The City of Stirling has reached the next phase of the Princess Wallington Community Parkland project, with 25 per cent of the design now developed. This follows positive community interest group consultations and contributions from the local community.
The design reflects the Nyoongar seasonal calendar which follows six different seasons in a yearly cycle. These are Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang. Each of the six seasons represents and explains the seasonal changes we see annually. This six-season calendar is extremely important to Nyoongar people, as it is a guide to what nature is doing at every stage of the year, as well as understanding respect for the land in relation to plant and animal fertility cycles and land and animal preservation.
The City has recently undertaken a survey of the trees and vegetation in the Reserve. New elements in the Parkland will be placed to integrate with the natural environment with the aim to maximise the retention of large shade trees and vegetation such as the grass trees, and to achieve an overall increase in the number of trees in the Reserve.
The more rigid facilities such as the skate facility and car parking will be located in spaces already cleared. The more fluid and flexible infrastructure such as the regional playground will take on the existing natural features and provide a more connected experience. To preserve the area’s namesake tree, the Balga (grass tree), where removal is required the City intends to transplant the affected Balgas to other areas in the parkland.[GB2]
The project is currently in design stage which is scheduled to be completed in early 2019. Construction of the community parkland is planned to begin in 2019.
Previous Status – Project Initiation
In 2017 the City of Stirling committed funding to the Princess Wallington Community Parkland project at the Princess Wallington Reserve in Balga. The project will revitalise aging facilities and provide the community with accessible and free recreational options to create a new community hub that will attract a wide range of users and community events. The City is contributing $4 million to the project, and Lotterywest have also provided the City with a $2.34 million grant for the project.
The City is working with the Western Australian design team, led by Ecoscape Landscape Architects, on the design of the Parkland. This team has experience with promoting social inclusion and community development in environmentally healthy and culturally respectful urban places.
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 document below shows the scope of the Parkland project:
Princess Wallington Community Parkland
Where did the Community Parkland Project Originate?
In September 2013, Council endorsed the City’s 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
- 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 ideas raised by the community 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 has installed multi-courts at 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 as well as 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 mMetropolitan 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 eight 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 per cent being from the suburb of Balga. The community provided overwhelming support for the facilities with 95.4 per cent 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, please visit www.yoursay.wa.gov.au. If you have any queries please use the customer enquiry form below:
Customer enquiry form
What security measures will be considered?
The City takes the 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, maximised sight lines and 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.
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 four bays) and re-activating the currently underutilised carpark (73 bays) off Camberwell Road, near the Balga Community Centre.
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.
If you have any queries relating to this project, please contact the City on (08) 9205 8555.