What is included in the parkland project?
The parkland will include a variety of amenities such as:
- Regional playground
- Community event and market space
- Nature playground
- Dirt BMX and Mountain Bike Facility
- Skate Facility
- Multi-courts (soccer, basketball and netball)
- Parkour and youth area (includes seating, in-ground trampolines and WIFI)
- Walking trails
- BBQ, sheltered picnic areas
- Public toilets, seating
- Open grassed areas
- Formalised car parking
- Parkland and picnic amenity
- Public art
When will construction commence?
The project is currently staged across four years with completion expected in 2024.
In August 2017, Council approved the progression of Stage 1 and 2 of the Princess Wallington Community Parkland project. Stage 3 is pending Council approval subject to the City’s financial capacity and project scheduling.
Where is the parkland going to be located?
The parkland area is located to the east of LeisurePark Balga (from the back fence adjacent to the swimming pool) across the grassland to the Camberwell Park Bushland Reserve.
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?
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 metropolitan area.
Why hasn't the kidney bowl been included in the skate park design?
The initial concept design included an enclosed bowl, however due to site conditions the bowl has been substituted with a long mini ramp.
Is there going to be a Wi-Fi Service?
Will the parkland be fenced?
Natural borders will be created with walking trails and wayfinding to assist orientation. The nature playground will be partly fenced to traffic areas and a natural border via rock formations and vegetation surrounding the area.
Will it be free parking?
How will construction affect the community?
The City does not anticipate the construction affecting the adjacent residents or wider community. The construction contractor when awarded will be obliged to adhere to local government laws regarding working hours, noise pollution and environmental pollution. Any complaints submitted regarding the construction will be reviewed and addressed in line with the City’s complaint process. A traffic management plan will be in place throughout the construction period.
Will LeisurePark Balga remain open?
Yes, LeisurePark Balga will remain open throughout the duration of the project with no disruption to services anticipated. The LeisurePark Balga carpark will remain unaffected.
Will the Balga Friday Markets still operate at the reserve before, during and after construction?
What will happen to the car parking during the project?
Where will car bays be situated at the reserve?
The current overflow car park located at the back of LeisurePark Balga will be reengineered to provide an increased number in formal compliant car parking bays. The northern car park will be reengineered to increase bays and traffic flow.
What will happen to the trees at the reserve? Will they be retained?
A tree condition survey has been undertaken as part of the project. The overall aim is to create a net gain in the number of trees located in the parkland area. The aim is 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 Balga’s to other areas in the parkland
How has the community been engaged and involved in the project?
As part of the design development process the City undertook community consultation via workshops held with multicultural groups including RAP Group, CALD Group, Wadjuk and Aboriginal Elders.
Balga Senior High School students have continued to participate in Skate Park and Dirt BMX park design consultation. In addition a Security Survey was distributed to the adjacent resident households in a letter drop.
Staged Community Information Sessions have been scheduled and will be advertised to the community for attendance.
In addition, various methods are being used to distribute information regarding the project progress including mail-outs, community surveys, Facebook page, digiscreens, the City’s website, printed materials, Your Say feedback pages and community group meetings.
What security measures will be considered?
Will the construction affect traffic routes or cause road closures?
A traffic management plan will be in effect throughout the duration of the project to minimise traffic disruptions and ensure safety to all road users and pedestrians.
No road closures are anticipated at this point. Should a road closure be required residents will be advised in advance and the traffic management plan will ensure a safe and effective detour will be organised.
Will there be commercial opportunities?
The City has included the provision of a hard stand with power outlets for potential carts / food stands. The City is investigating the potential of allowing food trucks on site. A final decision will be made following construction and communicated on the City’s website.