New-look park ready for play in Holling Street

Published on Wednesday 3 April, 2019

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With a resident’s artwork as its centrepiece and a design influenced by those who live nearby, the new-look Holling Street Reserve is a true celebration of community.

The Maddington park is now open, after several months of construction, providing local kids with a great new space to scoot, skate, run and play.

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said the City was particularly pleased with the result, saying this project was a terrific improvement and represented the City’s long-term vision to revitalise its parks and public spaces.

“Through the City’s Public Open Space Strategy, we’ve been working hard to create places that really give the community somewhere to come together,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“The Strategy enables the City to use funds from the sale of underused land to redevelop parks like Holling Street, which was a great-sized park but had outdated equipment and a design that wasn’t suited to our changing community.

“During consultation, residents asked us to keep the existing large asphalt area but that needed an upgrade too, so we ran a community art competition to find a locally-inspired design, which was won by Will Schofield.

“His snake-influenced artwork has been transformed into the design of the new asphalt surface, where kids will be able to play ball games or use their scooters,” he added.

The overall design for the 1.9ha site was inspired by the 1950s style of housing surrounding the park and includes breezeblock feature seat walls, along with a shaded playground, barbecue, shelter, lighting and a basketball half-court.

A free community event with sausage sizzle, bouncy castle and a screening of the family friendly, feel-good movie A Dog’s Purpose will launch the new-look park from 5.30pm to 8.30pm this Friday 5 April.

To find out more about this and other park projects, please call 9397 3000 or visit the City’s website at www.gosnells.wa.gov.au.