City of Joondalup parks earmarked for upgrades


Kingsley Park is recommended for a floodlighting upgrade. Picture: Will Russell d474463c
Kingsley Park is recommended for a floodlighting upgrade. Picture: Will Russell d474463c

A REPORT to guide the future provision of community and sporting facilities and infrastructure in the City of Joondalup was received at Tuesday night’s meeting.

A council document said this year’s review aimed to meet the “increasing demand for parks and improve the distribution of sporting club usage”.

It said the City has 51 active reserves with 13 playing fields being used above the industry guideline of 25 hours per week in winter, “which is known to lead to overuse and have a detrimental impact to the playing surface” and that several community facilities needed refurbishment works.

“Each recommendation has been given a priority based on the trends in growth of individual sports, facilities within the catchment area of the different sporting clubs, distribution and allocation of grounds, surrounding reserve infrastructure and current utilisation rates,” it said.

Recommended for floodlighting upgrades are Kingsley, Ellersdale (Warwick), Emerald (Edgewater), MacDonald (Padbury) and Timberlane (Woodvale) parks.

For sports infrastructure, cricket practice nets are recommended for Mirror Park in Ocean Reef and Percy Doyle Reserve in Duncraig, long jump pit and athletics throwing circles for Chichester Park in Woodvale and replacement of the basketball and netball courts at MacDonald Park.

A refurbishment and extension of changerooms and toilets has been recommended for Falkland Park in Kinross, Ocean Reef Park and Christchurch Park in Currambine, with a storage area and new kiosk also for Falkland Park and Christchurch Park, while new toilets and storage area are recommended for Chichester Park and Carlton Park in Currambine, which is also recommended for a new kiosk.

Car parking is recommended to be increased at Ocean Reef, Ellersdale, Hillarys Christchurch and Juniper (Duncraig) parks.

Facility refurbishments have already been considered for Duncraig Leisure Centre, Sorrento and Warwick bowling clubrooms, Windermere (Joondalup) Park and Greenwood Tennis clubrooms, Mildenhall (Duncraig) and Duncraig Community Centre.

“Refurbishment projects typically include repainting, new floor coverings, small storeroom extensions, updating kitchen and toilet areas, improvements to heating and cooling systems and upgrading security,” the council document said.

The report also recommends refurbishments for Ellersdale, Warrandyte, Emerald and MacNaughton (Kinross) park clubrooms.

The council document states the overall capital expenditure of all recommended projects in the review would be about $11.5 million, which could create an additional annual operating cost of about $400,000 once all projects are implemented.

Cr Mike Norman said at the meeting he would like the City to look at the potential to increase sustainability “to reduce ongoing operating costs”.

“I think we can further improve this by looking at other ways of saving energy when we refurbish facilities,” he said.

The council document said refurbishment, redevelopment and floodlighting projects would include community consultation with residents and user groups to “ensure that feedback received represents the diverse needs of the City’s community”.