Padbury residents feeling adventurous over playground possibilities

City of Joondalup councillor Mike Norman with local residents. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d444845
Padbury residents feeling adventurous over playground possibilities
City of Joondalup councillor Mike Norman with local residents. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d444845

A GROUP of Padbury residents want to build an adventure playground at their local park.

Joondalup councillor Mike Norman said at last week’s meeting he had been contacted by residents living near Wentworth Park requesting it be “improved substantially as a focal point for their community”.

However, because of the City’s parks hierarchy, he said the “pocket park” did not qualify for upgrades such as barbecues and shelters.

“They were disappointed the park could not be improved in its amenity. However, we did decide on having a tree planting day at the park to get more trees, which has occurred,” Cr Norman said.

He said when he was at a parks and leisure conference recently, he discovered at least three local governments in Perth had allowed the community to build their own adventure park.

“It seems they’ve allowed them to be built under the City’s insurance policy, provided there are certain checks and balances,” he said.

“I toured some of those parks with the local residents and you can clearly see the standard of construction, which was required to make those parks safe – certified by both the City and independent certifiers such as Kidsafe.”

He moved a notice of motion to request a report on community-initiated adventure playgrounds, with Wentworth Park as a pilot trial.

“It just so happens Wentworth Park is surrounded by tradespeople so I’m sure the resources are there to actually do something at this park,” Cr Norman said.

“I tentatively approached both the Joondalup Men’s Shed and the Lions Club of Whitford and both have tentatively agreed, depending on support by the City, to partner with the residents.”

In his statement, Cr Norman said the “mini adventure park” would be “made of materials sourced mostly by (residents), designed and built by them, in a nature playground configuration”.

“They are not asking for any formal funding from the City, except maybe an application for a community development grant to cover part of the cost, and are potentially willing to pay for certification by Kidsafe,” he said.

City officers will prepare a report on the proposal.