BASSENDEAN council has approved two long-awaited nature-based playgrounds at a council meeting on December 13.
Councillors approved the concept plans for the Mary Crescent Reserve playground and the preferred location of another nature-based playground.
According to an officer’s report, the Mary Crescent Reserve plans were designed by contractor EcoScape and had been given approval from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs to conduct works at the site.
Council voted to keep Mary Crescent a dog-on-leash area but consider some dog-off-leash areas.
After a debate on the preferred location of the second playground, each councillor except for Councillor Paul Bridges agreed to build the playground on part of Lot 646 Kitchener Road, located south of Sandy Beach Reserve.
Cr Bridges said he was concerned about the playground’s proximity to the floodway at Sandy Beach Reserve.
However, Councillor Gerry Pule said playground equipment in the Town was “robust” and came out well after floods.
“I think it is well known that at most reserves, there will be flooding,” he said.
“(The playground) should be designed the safe way…we have children who need more and more park areas and the community needs more public open space.”