WORK on a $400,000 upgrade of Coolbellup’s Jarvis Park will begin next month.
Under the plan, the City of Cockburn will retain the small basketball hoop and extend the larger playing area to a half-court.
A proposed perimeter pathway will not be installed, nor will exercise equipment, and only one shelter and barbecue will be built instead of the two initially proposed.
The City has also pledged to relocate grasstrees only if they encroached on safety fall zones on the basketball court or playground.
The possible relocation of the trees generated plenty of interest, with an online petition backed by 159 people who did not want the grass trees “dug out” put to the City of Cockburn.
The Change.org petition was not accepted by the City because it was not in a format compliant with the City’s standing orders.
But the City did accept a letter from the community and chief executive Stephen Cain said the City was happy to engage with the community further on the issue. Parks and environment manager Anton Lees said while the City never planned to remove grasstrees from Jarvis Park, it had proposed to relocate some to new bushland beds in the park.
“Based on the community’s feedback we will direct the majority of funding to the playground upgrade and creating native planting beds underneath the canopy of Marri trees,” he said.
“This will improve the value of local plant species in the park, and promote fauna habitats and environments.”