Highgate: Community idea sparks park seating

Josh O'Keefe, Vincent Mayor Emma Cole and Deputy Mayor Susan Gontaszewski with community members and their dogs enjoying recently installed seats at Jack Marks Park.
Josh O'Keefe, Vincent Mayor Emma Cole and Deputy Mayor Susan Gontaszewski with community members and their dogs enjoying recently installed seats at Jack Marks Park.

DOG owners are making the most of seating installed at a Highgate park.

The City of Vincent worked with locals to design U and S shaped seating areas at Jack Marks Park.

Mayor Emma Cole said the idea came from a dog owner as a community budget submission early last year.

“Local resident Josh O’Keefe saw a need for well designed seating with much more capacity to cater for many people who gather regularly in the park,” she said.

“We welcomed the idea and saw the benefits immediately.

“This is a highly popular park, with a strong community who have gotten to know each other through regular visits, often with their gorgeous dogs in tow.”

The seats used some recycled materials from the City’s works depot, including old bricks and jarrah seating boards and backs.

Mr O’Keefe said he was happy with the result.

“The new seating is such a great improvement to the facility and the dog park users have been abuzz with excitement to finally be able to relax and connect on these custom made seats,” he said.

The City received 55 submissions during this year’s call for ideas to incorporate in the budget planning process and recent successful submissions included the perimeter pathway around Less Lilleyman Reserve in North Perth.