Wanneroo Council awards dinosaur water playground tender

An artist's impression of the water play space at Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex.
An artist's impression of the water play space at Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex.

A WATER playground and playground with climbing frames are planned for parks in the City of Wanneroo.

The council accepted a $618,883 tender from Safeway to build a dinosaur-themed aquatic play space at Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex in Madeley on Tuesday night.

A council report said the company, which also retiled the Wanneroo Aquamotion pools this year, employed two people who lived locally and would recruit two local sub-contractors.

Construction is expected start in July for the facility, which was designed to have a prehistoric dinosaur theme that fitted in with the adjacent Dinosaur Park playground.

Similar to the splash pad at Aquamotion, it will provide a range of interactive experiences, with elevated sprays as well as ground sprays and jets.

“Work is expected to be completed in late spring, meaning it should be open to enjoy throughout summer,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said.

“The addition of the water playground to Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex will further enhance its reputation as a favourite destination for active families.”

The cost has increased from the $500,000 estimate when council approved the concept plan last year, and the City will use savings from other projects to cover the shortfall.

Girrawheen park upgrades approved

The council also approved plans for $276,000 upgrades at Casserley Park in Girrawheen at the June 4 meeting.

The City received four submissions during public consultation, with three supporting the first of two design options for playground equipment.

Upgrades, due to take place between March and June 2020, will include seating, concrete paths, a picnic shelter and table and nature play elements.

The playground will have a vehicle theme, made up of a helicopter spring unit, swing, play car, spinning disc, balancing log, a small combination unit with slide for younger children and an older-years combination unit.

Councillor Brett Treby said the park beside Emmanuel Christian Community School’s primary campus was regularly used by the school, which was looking forward to upgrades.

Cr Domenic Zappa welcomed the City’s investment in upgrading infrastructure in the older suburb.

Mrs Roberts said the equipment proposed was “imaginative” and catered for a range of ages.

“From the feedback received during public consultation, the upgrade of Casserley Park will be a very welcome addition to Girrawheen,” she said.

“Young families are excited to have new facilities close by, as are residents with grandchildren who regularly visit.”

A budget of $250,000 has been listed for consideration as part of the draft 2019-20 Capital Works Budget, which the council will consider on June 28.