Pe­ti­tion from sis­ters leads to new park

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TWO Gos­nells sis­ters who pe­ti­tioned for a park on their street have fi­nally seen their dream come true.

Ali­cia and Mia Ward gath­ered 45 sig­na­tures from their neigh­bours on Dow­itcher Loop in an ef­fort to liven up their neigh­bour­hood and brighten the pre­vi­ously un­de­vel­oped land.

The City of Gos­nells was al­ready in the process of ap­prov­ing up­grades to the park when they re­ceived the pe­ti­tion, how­ever the sis­ters’ ef­forts un­der­lined the park’s value to the com­mu­nity.

The park has re­ceived a com­plete over­haul and now fea­tures new play equip­ment, fit­ness and ex­er­cise equip­ment, a bas­ket­ball back­board, shade sails, a drink foun­tain and shaded seat­ing ar­eas.

Gos­nells Mayor Glenn De­whurst said the park fea­tured a rail­way theme due to its close­ness to Gos­nells sta­tion.

“The rail­way theme in­cor­po­rated in the Dow­itcher Loop Re­serve up­grade re­ally gives the park a greater con­nec­tion with the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment and cre­ates a strong sense of place for the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“In­creas­ing res­i­den­tial den­sity in the area means nearby back­yards are get­ting smaller, so this park will be more and more im­por­tant as a space for chil­dren to play in the fu­ture.”

Dow­itcher Loop Re­serve now has a park thanks to the de­ter­mi­na­tion of two young sis­ters.

Gos­nells Mayor Glenn De­whurst with Mia (10) and Ali­cia Ward (15) at the play­ground.

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