WELL done to the Gosnells council for the award for the redevelopment of Mills park in Beckenham.
It’s great to see the facilities – playground, barbecue areas and the skate park – being used more often.
What was the criteria for judging?
Was it the sustainability and design of the park in general or, as mentioned, the building?
For the money spent on earthworks it should be better than it was prior to redevelopment.
The over-saturation of the ground around all the fields after heavy rain is ridiculous.
The water remains for some time and doesn’t drain away.
New soccer goals were erected in the grassed area near the artificial turf courts. The area couldn’t be mowed or used due to the excess of water.
Lighting pits are full of water and vegetation dies due to saturated beds or grassed areas.
The brook which runs through the middle of the park is overgrown.
Replanting on the banks in some parts has started but more attention needs to be paid to the waterway itself.
Carps can still be seen in some parts, along with debris caught up in the overgrown banks.
The clubrooms were shifted to the opposite side of the park.
Not sure of the reasoning as now the supporters have to look into the afternoon sun when watching ei- ther the cricket or football.
Is this a best practice design?
I have spoken to some players who say they use the facilities in the main building instead of the intended clubrooms as it is much easier. It’s a shame seeing they are such a nice looking facility from the outside.