Bina Parkland open in time for school holidays

18 December 2020

The final stages of Bina Parkland are now open, with Princess Wallington Reserve in Balga now home to the brand new $6.2 million dollar community parkland.

Aiming to create a new community hub, Bina Parkland provides free and accessible recreation options that will attract a wide range of users and encourage local community events.

The contemporary parkland now offers a skate plaza facility and a junior and advanced BMX track, multi-courts, parkour area, regional playground, unique public art, formalised carparking, barbecue areas, public toilets and drink fountains.

Mayor Mark Irwin said the City was thrilled to be opening Bina Parkland to the public just in time for the school holidays.

“From the early stages, Bina Parkland has been dedicated to the local community,” Mayor Irwin said.

“The City has engaged with stakeholders such as the Wadjak Northside Elders Group to ensure the parkland delivers on community needs, whether it was during the planning stages or renaming of the parkland by a local school,” Mayor Irwin said.

“Now that the park is open for everyone to enjoy, we look forward to continuing to work with stakeholders and the community to ensure it continues to be a great place to visit for a broad range of people.”

The project was heavily influenced by community consultation, having won a High Commendation from Parks and Leisure Australia Awards in 2016 for exceptional engagement with the community and innovative planning approaches.

The City consulted with the community to rename the parkland with a Nyoongar name, with the winning name ‘Bina Parkland’ – meaning light of the morning – submitted by Warriapendi Primary School and chosen by the Balga community.

Artwork designed by Arterial Design and created by Concreto was commissioned by the City to deliver integrated public artworks that acknowledge the traditional owners of the land and the growing multicultural fabric of local communities. It also includes new artworks representing the six Nyoongar seasons.

The City appointed Western Australian-based companies for the design and construction of the $6.2 million project, with Lotterywest kindly contributing $2.34 million towards the project.

Aimed at enhancing the quality of life and wellbeing for all West Australians through funding and support, Lotterywest is Australia’s only State Government-owned lottery where all profits are returned to the community.

A formal opening of Bina Parkland will be held in early 2021.

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