Play park brings new life

Sofia Spadanuda (5), City of Vincent Mayor John Carey & Jonathan Spadanuda (4) try out the new playground
Sofia Spadanuda (5), City of Vincent Mayor John Carey & Jonathan Spadanuda (4) try out the new playground

The park opened last Saturday and is part of the City’s plan to enhance the Leederville town centre.

‘I think it looks beautiful,’ Mr Carey said.

‘It’s an incredible rejuvenation of the area and an outstanding community project.’

The children’s nature area is fully fenced and includes play equipment and a small rock-climbing wall.

It is also wheelchair accessible.

The raised and shaded seating area provides an uninterrupted view of the play area and Mr Carey said he would expect office workers to use the space during their lunch breaks.

The fence at the skate park has been permanently removed to create an open space for anyone who wants to skate.

An urban play area at the southern end of the park now includes a bocce pit, outdoor ping-pong and chess tables. Mr Carey said the City was committed to creating spaces for peopl rather than cars.

The project included removing part of the car park, resulting in 24 less car bays.

But Mr Carey said people were not going to miss the car bays.

‘People don’t say ‘I love Leederville because of those 24 car bays’,’ Mr Carey said.

While too early to determine the final cost, current calculations indicate the project was delivered on budget.

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