Rickman Delawney Reserve upgrade

14 September 2022

The Rickman Delawney Reserve has officially reopened after an upgrade and construction works were completed in August.

The upgrade of Rickman Delawney Reserve (Balcatta) included:

  • North-south accessible path connection through the reserve
  • Upgraded playspace including a large feature play tower and slide
  • Conversion of the existing hireable tennis courts to a publicly accessible tennis and basketball/netball court with lighting for use until 8.00pm
  • Separate imaginative play area for younger children
  • Furniture upgrades adjacent to the playspace including a new barbecue
  • New recreational sports goals and ball targets
  • Replacement of irrigation and bore filter.

The reopening event was made that much more special as it also included the unveiling of the new Andrew Guilfoyle Community Parkland within the Rickman Delawney Reserve, in honour of former City of Stirling Councillor, the late Andrew Guilfoyle, who served on Council between 2013-2019.

Mayor Mark Irwin said Andrew was devoted to many community and environmental causes and was instrumental in progressing this parkland upgrade for the benefit of the local community.

“Thanks to these completed works this is now a fantastic community recreational space in a previously under-utilised area and I can’t wait to see it become a well-used and loved parkland,” he said.

“With his passion for sustainability and improving liveability, Andrew advocated for tree planting initiatives and the Living Green schools program. He was also a keen supporter of local volunteer clubs, sports groups, the Gwelup Progress Association, Hamersley Habitat Community Garden and Karrinyup Rotary.

“As a result of his dedication, the City was delighted to formally open the Andrew Guilfoyle Community Parkland with a commemorative plaque, together with Andrew’s family, friends and colleagues.”

A central path now connects the main area of development to the rest of the reserve, and the existing tennis courts have been modified by opening up the courts to the public and converting one tennis court to a basketball/netball court.

The project was funded by $530,000 from the City and $500,000 from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries thanks to an election commitment from Member for Balcatta, David Michael MLA.

“The State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is a major supporter of community sport and recreation facilities in WA”, David Michael said.

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