Parks rocket up City of Fremantle’s agenda


The Hilton pocket park concept plan, including 600sq m of space earmarked by the City of Fremantle in its quest to green up the suburbs.
The Hilton pocket park concept plan, including 600sq m of space earmarked by the City of Fremantle in its quest to green up the suburbs.

THE City of Fremantle is turning to pocket parks to increase the amount of green open space in the suburbs.

A 600sq m space at the end of Hilton’s Clarke Street has been earmarked for a smaller parcel of open space, also known as a pocket park, to help the City close in on the Green Plan 2020 target of all residents and workers being within 400m of functional open space.

The Clarke Street pocket park, estimated to cost around $50,000, is expected to include a nature play area, seating and a lawn picnic area.

Fremantle city design and projects manager Russell Kingdom said while there were a number of small parks across the city, this would be the first in Hilton.

“As part of the Green Plan 2020, the City is looking at different ways to develop new green spaces for residents including the activation of other unused spaces,” he said.

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“This area of Hilton does not currently have a nearby community park, with neighbouring areas less accessible due to the busy South Street and Carrington Street area, and was therefore a suitable site to create this pocket park.

“Local residents who participated in our community workshops and surveys have been generally supportive of the pocket park concept.”

He said special attention would be paid to areas outside the CBD.

“As the Fremantle city centre currently has the best access to green spaces, the City is focusing on introducing more through the outer suburbs,” he said.

“The Hilton site will be the first pocket park in this area and we will then look for sites in O’Connor and White Gum Valley.

“With good design you can incorporate items such as play equipment, grassed areas and seating into a pocket park, depending on the size.”