Status - Construction
The City has awarded the construction works for Princess Wallington Community Parkland project to MG Group, a Western Australian Based company. The group bring a wealth of experience from similar civil and landscaping works. You should see work begin on the community parkland from late 2019. This will include some remediation of contaminated land and the temporary removal of some Balga trees, which will be replanted back in the park at the end of the project.
For more information on this and the City’s other tenders visit the Tenders and purchasing page.
During this stage, the Citys experts developed the technical content which formed part of the tender package.
The City finalised the project design in January 2019, confirming the design drivers, activity area placement, and technical design details. It also included community engagement for feedback on the design.
The City has consulted with the community extensively in workshops, meetings, open days, surveys, online updates, and community information sessions.
There were two community information sessions to discuss and seek feedback on the parkland design with a follow-up session to present the final design with outcomes from the feedback. The respective design consultants presented; Ecoscape (overall parkland design), City of Stirling (playground design), Skate Sculpture (skate park design) and Three Chillis (BMX and dirt bike track design).
The City is greatful to the community members who filled out the combined Parkland, Skate Park and BMX Design Survey. The overall feedback has contributed to the final designs. Some changes include flipping the skate park deisgn to remove the awkward interaction of two paths, improving wayfinding, and limiting unintended access to the skate park.
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Previous status - Project initiation and design
In 2017 the City of Stirling committed funding to the Princess Wallington Community Parkland project 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.
The design reflects the Nyoongar six-seasons calendar: Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang. Each of the 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 respect for the land in relation to plant and animal fertility cycles and land and animal preservation.
The more rigid facilities such as the skate facility and car park will be 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), the City will transplant the affected Balgas to other areas in the parkland and Balga suburb.
The City has surveyed the trees and vegetation in the Reserve. New elements in the Parkland will integrate with the natural environment to retain as many large shade trees and vegetation as possible. To achieve an overall increase in flora, the City will mulch tress trimmed or removed, and reuse tree stumps as part of the nature play area and throught the 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 Stirling Leisure Centres - Leisurepark - Balga, the old skate park location, sump and temporary car parking.
There is more detailed infomation here:
Princess Wallington Community Parkland
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 Wi-Fi);
- Formalised car parking;
- Parkland and picnic amenity;
- Public art;
- Regional playground;
- Open grassed areas and
- Community event and market space.
Included within these areas are barbeques, shelters, public toilets, seats, drink fountains and bins.
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.
There was 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.
The Community Parkland project provides the best possible approach to building accessoible and free recreational options for everyone on the community.
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.
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