What changes will be made and why?
The current combination unit on Shepherd Street is over 20 years old and needs to be renewed as part of playground works across the City of Fremantle to replace non-compliant units.
As expectations of playgrounds have changed over time the City would like to understand the preferences of users for the style of renewal.
Based on the community ideas and needs, as well as the budget, a concept design will be developed by a landscape architect and presented for feedback.
What is the process for this project?
We will be gathering input from the online survey, drop-in session and other methods.
The community ideas and needs we hear will be developed into a concept design by a landscape architect. This will be presented back to the community for feedback, before being amended as required and put forward for budget.
The installation stage will be dependent on what the final design contains, so further updates will be provided. You can check on the current status on the main project page under 'timeline'.
What is the budget for the renewal?
There is a fixed budget allocation of $180,000 for this type of playspace that will be requested in the 2020/21 financial year. This allocation is based on the site catering to both local residents and sport and recreation users.
The allocation covers everything from earthworks, limestone walls, soft fall under the playground unit, nature play, if that is what the community indicates, and the playground unit itself.
This project is part of the City's ten year playspace renewal plan, and the budget only covers changes to the playspace on Shepherd Street. Improvements to the wider park oval area are beyond the scope of this project.
Will there be any changes to the swing set on the corner of Lefroy Road and Shepherd Street?
Swings will be incorporated into the new playspace to cater for this need, based on community ideas and needs, as well as the budget.
The swing set near the corner of Lefroy Rd and Shepherd St is still compliant and can be retained until it reaches the end of its life to avoid unnecessary costs. It will then be removed.
Are you considering moving the playspace?
The playspace can either remain in its current location or move to the south-eastern side of the oval near the existing basketball court.
The reason for exploring this idea is to locate the playspace closer to existing and potential future youth facilities.
We’re seeking feedback on the idea and have put together some pros and cons for each site to be considered.
OPTION A - CURRENT
• Mature natural shade.
• Close proximity to Brad Hardie Clubrooms, picnic settings, toilets.
• BBQ close by for family/group picnic events.
• Children are within line of sight of parents and spectators attending AFL/Cricket events.
• Proximity to disabled parking for all ability access to playground.
• Opportunity to expand upon and upgrade existing play area (reduce overall costs).
• Separated from Youth Area.
• Distance away from other sporting clubrooms.
OPTION B - NEAR BASKETBALL
• Proximity to Youth Area to consolidate playgrounds.
• Proximity to existing toilets.
• Easier access to residents east of Carrington St.
• Mid-way between Soccer Clubrooms and Brad Hardie Clubrooms.
• Limited mature natural shade.
• Limited surveillance from Brad Hardie Clubrooms.
• Proximity to parking.
• Requires relocation of 1 x Disc Golf hole.
• No BBQ or picnic settings.
• Increased overall costs due to no existing play area and distance from car park.