Viveash: New BMX jumps and facilities to be completed at Stewartby Park

FRONT L-R: Cr Ian Johnson (City of Swan), local resident Melinda Brackley of Viveash and Cr Claire Scanlan (City of Swan).  The City of Swan is upgrading Stewartby Park in Viveash this month. There will be new BMX tracks and other amenities for users. The upgrade to the park, locally known as Viveash Jumps, includes a new gazebo, water fountain, an upgraded BMX track, logs around the park perimeter and new signage. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d488859
FRONT L-R: Cr Ian Johnson (City of Swan), local resident Melinda Brackley of Viveash and Cr Claire Scanlan (City of Swan). The City of Swan is upgrading Stewartby Park in Viveash this month. There will be new BMX tracks and other amenities for users. The upgrade to the park, locally known as Viveash Jumps, includes a new gazebo, water fountain, an upgraded BMX track, logs around the park perimeter and new signage. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d488859

BMX riders will have access to a revamped track and facilities at Stewartby Park in Viveash before Christmas.

The City of Swan is installing a gazebo, water fountain and signage, upgrading the BMX track and adding logs around the park, which is locally known as Viveash Jumps.

The works are expected to be completed next month.

Viveash resident Mel Brackley, who has lived in the suburb for 37 years, said her son Solamon and three friends began dragging wheelbarrows, shovels and a lawnmower to build the old jumps five years ago,

“There is a 30-plus year history of local children playing at this site, as attested by long-time residents, in the form of cubby houses, tadpole propagation and bike jump building,” she said.

“Young kids would come down and the older boys would coach them in the layout, help them navigate challenges.

“The community, ‘bike jump lads’ particularly, are thankful that the City and councillors recognised their aspirations and acknowledged their deputations to request the building of a more formal jumps track at Stewartby Park.”

She said her family looked forward to the gazebo and drink fountain being installed and would plan a community planting day to add to the native trees on the site, which the community fought to retain as public open space.

Deputy Mayor Kevin Bailey said the council voted to upgrade the park in August following consultation with residents.

“The jumps had existed for a long period of time and were of particular sentimental value to the local users,” he said.

“We thank the community for their interest and engagement in this process, and we look forward to seeing community members enjoy the upgraded space once it has been completed.”

For information, visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/parks