Greenwood park names to remain

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

TWO Greenwood parks will retain their names after questions were raised about the original landowner of one.

In June, the City of Joondalup sought feedback on a proposal to rename Blackthorn Park to Parin Pioneer Park and Parin Park to Ten Mile Peg Park to acknowledge one of the region’s early European settler families.

This followed a request in 2015 from Dorothy Parin to install a memorial at Parin Park to commemorate her late husband John Erik Parin and to show the history of the site as their family landholding.

Community consultation included letters to property owners within 500m of the two parks, with the City receiving 185 valid responses.

Of these, 61.6 per cent supported changing Blackthorn Park to Parin Pioneer Park and 56.8 per cent supported changing Parin Park to Ten Mile Peg Park.

While support was shown specifically for the Parin family and generally for historic recognition, concerns were also raised that it could be a waste of money, was unnecessary and would cause confusion.

Some also suggested renaming the parks after the Indigenous Australian People instead.

However, during consultation, the City was approached by John Lockwood who objected to renaming Blackthorn Park to Parin Pioneer Park, claiming the land had previously been owned by his family.

A council document said he produced Certificates of Title of the land transfer to the Lockwoods dated 1935 and a review of the survey diagrams on the title confirms Blackthorn Park sits within the Lockwood piggery landholding.

This, combined with the public’s feedback, led City officers to recommend the park names not be changed at this month’s council meeting.

However, it was recommended the council support the “continued development of a heritage trail walk with recognition of the Parin family in Parin Park”, which would include engaging with key members of the community to “inform the history and identify peoples of significance to the Joondalup district”.

The council document said the lack of information on the Lockwood family was “not unusual” because the City relied on volunteered oral histories from the early European settlers to the area.

“Further investigations into the City’s oral history database have revealed mention of the Lockwood family owning a piggery on the south side of Lake Goollelal,” it said.

“After Mr Lockwood contacted the City regarding the proposed renaming of Blackthorn Park, the City’s reference and local history team leader has met with Mr Lockwood and recorded his oral history.”

However, the document confirmed Parin Park was the site of the original Parin family home and winery and it would be “historically accurate and appropriate” to install storyboards describing the Parin family’s establishment of their winery and life at this location.

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