North Perth drainage sump to be transformed into new park


Vincent Mayor Emma Cole at the site of the drainage sump being converted to a park in North Perth. Picture: Will Russell.
Vincent Mayor Emma Cole at the site of the drainage sump being converted to a park in North Perth. Picture: Will Russell.

A NORTH Perth drainage sump is being transformed from an eye-sore to a new park.

The fenced off sump on the corner of Lawler and Bedford streets provides stormwater storage from the surrounding roads, but the City of Vincent is installing a concealed stormwater catchment and soakage system underground.

A hydraulic consultant was engaged during the design phase to ensure the final design was an improvement on the existing sump drainage and could cater for storms.

Mayor Emma Cole said the idea came from members of the Environmental Advisory Group.

“It gave us a unique opportunity to turn a cavernous and ugly fenced hole in the ground into a beautiful neighbourhood park,” she said.

Plastic water containment cells have been placed underground to help with drainage.

The cells are wrapped in geo fabric, to prevent soil entering the cells during a storm and approximately 500mm of soil will then be laid over the top of the cells.

The City will also install additional soak-wells in Lawler and Bedford streets to capture and slow down the flow of water during storm events.

The park will then be landscaped with waterwise native plantings.

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