Come along and join the next City of Stirling Community Information Session on Wednesday 10 April 2019 between 6pm-8pm at Stirling Leisure Centres - Leisurepark - Balga.
The project team will present the final design, discuss the project's next steps in delivering your new community parkland and be on hand to answer your questions.
Alternatively drop in to the Balga Friday Markets at Princess Wallington Reserve on Friday 29 March and Friday 5 April from 8.30am - 11.30am when the project team will host an open day to discuss the project progress and design.
Current status - Documentation
The project is now in detailed documentation. This stage develops the technical content which forms part of the tender package. The tender package is anticipated to be released in the middle of 2019. Construction of the community parkland is planned to begin in late 2019 subject to the public tender process.
The City finalised the project detailed design in January 2019. This stage confirmed the design drivers, activity area placement and technical design details. It also included community engagement for design feedback.
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 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.
The City has 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 flora. in addition the City is undertaking sustainability initiatives to include;
- Mulching of remediated / removed trees for use in the parkland
- Reusing tree stumps as part of the nature play area and throughout the parkland
The City held its most recent community information session on Thursday 8 November 2018 at Stirling Leisure Centres - Leisurepark - Balga. The respective design consultants presented; Ecoscape (overall parkland design), Skate Sculpture (skate park design) and Threes Chillis (BMX and dirt bike track design).
In addition the City would like to thank the community members who completed the combined Parkland, Skate Park and BMX Design Survey which closed Friday 16 November. The overall feedback has contributed to the final designs. Some changes includes;
- Flipping the skate park design to remove the awkward interaction of two paths
- Improved wayfinding and limiting unintended access to the skate park
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 Stirling Leisure Centres - Leisurepark - 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 Wi-Fi)
- Formalised car parking
- Parkland and picnic amenity
- Public art
- Regional playground
- Open grassed areas
- Community event and market space.
Included within these areas are park amenity such as barbeques, shelters, public toilets, seats, drink fountains and bins.
The City has undertaken extensive community consultation via workshops, surveys, online updates and community information sessions and will continue to do so throughout the project. If you would like to read more regarding the community engagement to date or become updated on the next project milestones please visit:
Your Say Stirling
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 or would like to register for future email updates, please contact the City on (08) 9205 8555.