Bassendean: Council relocates proposed Sandy Beach regional playground

Bassendean: Council relocates proposed Sandy Beach regional playground

BASSENDEAN’S proposed Sandy Beach regional playground will be relocated to the western side of the reserve and down-scaled to a more “sympathetic” design.

It is proposed to be an all-abilities and inter-generational playground with wheelchair access, temporary play shelters, a sand pit built with river sand, cultural artwork, plants and rocks.

Bassendean Council changed the preferred site at last month’s meeting away from Lot 646 in Kitchener Road and requested staff explore locations and costs for the ablutions block and toilets.

The council will discuss the design with the Department of Biodiversity, Culture and Attractions and contractors Nature Play Solutions about the redesign process.

A maximum budget of $1 million has been supported, which will be dependent on a Lotterywest funding application for a $200,000 grant.

Staff will prepare a report for the council’s consideration at the September meeting.

Mayor Renée McLennan said the decision came after the council paused the project to revaluate the location, budget and design.

“Council will now revisit the concept plan to make design changes that suit the preferred site location and while doing so take the opportunity to scale down the design to incorporate less fill and be more sympathetic to the natural environment,” she said.

“After a period of uncertainty, I am very pleased that we now have some clarity and are able to move forward more confidently in order to finally realise this project that has been long anticipated by the families in our Town.”