Community consultation on proposal to change names of two Greenwood parks to reflect Parin pioneer history

Blackthorn Park in Greenwood. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Blackthorn Park in Greenwood. Photo: Martin Kennealey

THE City of Joondalup is considering renaming two Greenwood parks to acknowledge one of the region’s early European settler families.

Under the proposal, Blackthorn Park would become Parin Pioneer Park and Parin Park would be renamed Ten Mile Peg Park.

Peter Parin settled in then Wanneroo (now Greenwood) in 1922 with his family and brother Marian (Rocko).

Their homestead was located on what is now Parin Park but what was known historically as Ten Mile Peg, a reference point from Perth General Post Office.

Dorothy Parin, whose husband John was made a pioneer of Wanneroo in 2012, said at a recent council meeting the names Blackthorn Park and Parin Park were never officially gazetted.

“So we hope it may not be too difficult to have them changed,” she said.

“The Parin brothers were early pioneers of the winery industry. Rocko and Peter Parin often won prizes at the Wanneroo and Osborne Park agricultural shows.”

Parin Park in Greenwood could also have its name changed.

It is also proposed to develop Blackthorn Park as a memorial park to honour the historical contribution of the Parin family, which would form the basis for a larger heritage precinct project that may be developed over time to acknowledge the history of early settlers in the Greenwood and Kingsley area.

“The creation of a heritage precinct will acknowledge the contributions from other settler families, as well as the Indigenous Australian peoples and showcase Joondalup’s rich history,” a council document said.

Mrs Parin said the vision was to be a “cornerstone of cultural history and place of conversation”.

“It will add vibrancy, interest, beauty, improved function and a sense of unique identity to turn the space into a place,” she said.

“It would capture the imagination of visitors by explaining its cultural and historical significance.

“It could also be an opportunity to involve local school children in the history of the Greenwood area.”

Mayor Albert Jacob said while Joondalup as a city was relatively young, the area had rich Aboriginal and pioneering histories that were worth celebrating.

“As a City, Joondalup is just 20 years old but it was built on the foundation of families such as the Parins who played a key role in shaping the City of Joondalup as we know it today,” he said.

“The City is seeking community feedback for the proposed name changes and I encourage all community members to have their say.”

The Minister for Lands has provided conditional support for the renaming pending positive community feedback.

Feedback can be done online at www.joondalup.wa.gov.au until July 4.

It will then be analysed and presented to the council for consideration later this year.

For more information, call 1300 369 972 or email info@joondalup.wa.gov.au.