Marmion park could get upgrade sooner thanks to COVID-19

 

 

Braden Park upgrade

Braden Park in Marmion could be getting an upgrade sooner than planned.

The Joondalup Council has identified the playspace renewal project could be brought forward for consideration in its 2020-21 budget in a bid to help generate local work following COVID-19.

The project had been flagged for 2022-23 with a budget of $110,000.

This included an upgrade of the play equipment, which could include a nature play area and associated works such as softfall, furniture, paving, and landscaping.

Braden Park in Marmion.
Braden Park in Marmion. Credit: David Baylis/Community News

However, a 165-signature petition in October regarding the project also requested the City take into account community-led feedback in the planning and design, which supported extra infrastructure such as a circuit for bikes and scooters, a basketball half court, exercise equipment, table tennis and more benches and paths.

Braden Park in Marmion.
Braden Park in Marmion. Credit: David Baylis/Community News

The City assessed these requests and officers suggested the upgrade could include installation of a 3-on-3 basketball pad, line markings on the existing paths to establish a “quasi bike skills track”, a path linking to the pedestrian crossing on Cliff Street and replacing the bench seats.

Braden Park in Marmion.
Braden Park in Marmion. Credit: David Baylis/Community News

Councillors therefore unanimously voted to list $140,000 for consideration during budget discussions, which would allow for the extra infrastructure.

Cr Suzanne Thompson said the play space was built 20 years ago and had been “very popular and very well used”.

“This is a good opportunity to give it another lease of life for another 20 years,” she said.

 

Source: PerthNow