Re­serve gets new lease on life

WE­STON STREET REVITALISATION

Comment News (Armadale) - - News - Ben Smith

MADDINGTON’S We­ston Street Re­serve is the lat­est park to un­dergo a makeover as part of the City of Gos­nells’ Pub­lic Open Space (POS) strat­egy.

The City com­pleted a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade, ad­ding new play equip­ment, seat­ing, shade and a path.

The park now has about 8000sq m of space with the ad­di­tion of an ex­ten­sive grassed area for ball games. The bas­ket­ball fa­cil­i­ties have also been up­dated.

Roads will even­tu­ally sur­round the park and the de­sign al­lows for con­nec­tions to fu­ture foot­path ex­ten­sions.

Mulch was used un­der the trees to re­duce the amount of scheme wa­ter used for ir­ri­ga­tion.

The park is within the bound­aries of the Cen­tral Maddington Out­line De­vel­op­ment Plan, which means it will be­come a cen­tre­piece in the area, which is ex­pected to change from large sin­gle lots to high-den­sity hous­ing in the fu­ture.

As part of the POS strat­egy, the City has up­graded 13 parks, sold five parcels of land to fund park re­de­vel­op­ment worth $8.7 mil­lion and ac­quired eight lots to in­crease park de­vel­op­ment size be­tween 2011 and 2017.

The strat­egy has just com­pleted its first six-year phase.

As part of the project, the City held ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion to eval­u­ate where the best lo­ca­tions to re­de­velop would be and con­sid­ered fac­tors such as the qual­ity and num­ber of nearby parks and how a bet­ter-de­signed park would meet the needs of more res­i­dents.

Gos­nells Mayor Ol­wen Searle at the re­cently re­vi­talised We­ston Street Re­serve.

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