Solomon Street Bush Park set for official opening


Palmyra residents Anita Manes and Jill Willetts are pleased with the progress of Solomon Street Bush Park.
Palmyra residents Anita Manes and Jill Willetts are pleased with the progress of Solomon Street Bush Park.

A YEAR of hard work enhancing an existing block to create a natural play space for children comes to a head when Solomon Street Bush Park is officially opened at 3pm on April 30.

Palmyra residents Jill Willetts and Anita Manes brought together a committed group of community members and businesses to successfully rejuvenate the once-neglected area.

The Friends of Palmyra Bush Park have spent much of the last year erecting balancing structures, stepping stones, teepees, a dry creek bed and many other features.

Work started in earnest after the pair was successful in securing funding from the City of Melville’s Robin Hood community funding program.

“My hope has always been that this park will provide a fun place to play, for local children to build cubbies, play hide and seek, collect honky nuts, climb, make mud pies and get very dirty” Mrs Willetts said.

Dr Manes said the park had been intentionally deconstructed to enable children to have contact with nature and develop their creativity and physical skills.

Mrs Willetts and Dr Manes are now awaiting council approval for a four-metre rope swing and plan to enhance the park by planting new native shrubs throughout autumn.

They would also hope to install a customised tree house to add height and further adventure for local youngsters.

They are currently seeking funding for this part of the project.

The park is located on the corner of Solomon and Justinian Streets in Palmyra.