CITY of Swan will hold question and answer sessions this month for those wanting information about the Midland Oval redevelopment.
Mayor Mick Wainwright said the Q&A sessions were a precursor to the community being invited to public design workshops in May.
“The land was originally purchased by the local government of the day for use as a playing field,” he said.
“But as early as 1968 the council determined that sports should be relocated to purpose-built facilities.
“We recognise this land should be better used and not sit idle for most of the week, and have spent millions of dollars providing quality playing fields in nearby locations to ensure our sporting community continues to flourish.
“We have also put considerable resources into getting the right redevelopment plan for this land in the heart of Midland to bring social and economic benefits to the region.
“The area, which is zoned for mixed-use development, will become a more vibrant and useable space for the community, and will include the highest value public open space ever constructed by the City.”
Midland/Guildford ward councillor Daniel Parasiliti said the designs for this public open space were still to be determined.
“We will be seeking community input into the public open space design to ensure it meets community needs,” he said.
“By including a mix of commercial, residential and civic uses, we can make the most of the area and it can be a safe and inviting place for the whole community.”
Mr Parasiliti also said everyone was invited to attend the sessions to share their views on what the final product should look like.
“Should it be grass or paving? Do we need more seating or less? There’s these and lots of other points to consider,” he said.
“The concept designs that are developed from the first round of workshops will be presented back to the community in August and the feedback provided will allow the City to gauge if we have it right or need to do more work.”
The question and answer sessions will be held at the Midland Town Hall on April 17 from 10am-1pm, April 18 from 9am-noon and again in the evening from 5pm-8pm.