Com­mu­nity ef­fort re­warded

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

A SOUTH Fre­man­tle park that was trans­formed at the hands of the com­mu­nity has won a na­tional land­scap­ing award.

The Gold Street Com­mu­nity Park project won the Na­tional Land­scape Architecture Awards’ com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tion cat­e­gory in recog­ni­tion of the col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort lo­cal res­i­dents put into trans­form­ing the area.

The City of Fre­man­tle contributed $100,000 to the Gold Street Com­mu­nity Park project, with lo­cals help­ing out via plant­ing trees, build­ing re­tain­ing walls and in­stalling play equip­ment.

The awards jusy said: “The par­tic­i­pa­tory style was strongly sup­ported by the City of Fre­man­tle, who saw this as an op­por­tu­nity to trial a new ap­proach to parks; one in which the long-term out­comes could po­ten­tially re­sult in greater com­mu­nity sat­is­fac­tion, on­go­ing com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, and also re­alise cost sav­ings in re­la­tion to con­struc­tion and main­te­nance”.

The park is now a com­mu­nity gath­er­ing space for bar­be­cues, Christ­mas par­ties and movie nights.

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