New park creating a buzz

Published on Thursday 3 August, 2017

Mayor Olwen Searle and children on play equipment in a park

With its bee-themed play equipment and hexagonal design elements inspired by the internal structure of bee hives, the City of Gosnells’ new local park in Bromley Street, Beckenham, is creating quite a buzz in the community.

City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said the colourful and functional park provided much-needed public open space for local families in the burgeoning community.

“It was really important that residents in and around Bromley Street have access to a park close to their homes,” Mayor Searle said.

“The homes around Bromley Street Reserve are isolated from other parks by Albany Highway and the Kenwick Link, and recent rezoning to allow for greater residential density means the number of residents is on the rise.

“We expect many of those new residents to be first-homebuyers and young families, so having access to a well-designed and well-equipped park will mean a lot to them.”

In addition to the play equipment, the new park has shade sails and shelters, a meandering path, individual rest spots and a large grassed area. Brickwork was selected to complement the architecture of existing homes, and to contrast with the bright yellow bees in the play equipment.

Before its enhancement, the public open space had been frequently used as an illegal dumping ground, and the City’s development of the site included extensive clearing and cleaning.

The development work was completed using City funds and cash-in-lieu funding provided by individual developers in the area.