Park opens with new look

Published on Wednesday 23 May, 2018

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Gosnells residents are now able to enjoy a new play area, fitness equipment and more at the new-look Dowitcher Loop Reserve.

Previously left as undeveloped land, the park has been fenced off since January as work was underway. The fences were removed last week and community members are now free to access the new facilities.

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said the park had received a complete overhall, including new play equipment, fitness and exercise equipment, basketball backboard, shade sails, a drink fountain, shaded seating areas, pathways and landscaping.

“This upgrade has been much anticipated by the local community, and I look forward to seeing the upgraded park being a place for residents to gather, play and enjoy being outdoors,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“Increasing residential density in the area means nearby backyards are getting smaller, so this park will be more and more important as a space for children to play in the future.

The project is part of the City’s Public Open Space Strategy, a 30-year plan to provide quality, accessible parks and reserves for residents.

Dowitcher Loop Reserve serves a neighbourhood bound by the Armadale railway line and Canning River, which makes it difficult for residents to access other parks and reserves.

“The railway theme incorporated in the Dowitcher Loop Reserve upgrade really gives the park a greater connection with the surrounding environment and creates a strong sense of place for the community,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

Although the City was already planning an upgrade to Dowitcher Loop Reserve, its importance to the community was highlighted when sisters Alicia, then 14, and Mia Ward, then 9, doorknocked to gather 45 signatures to petition for a new playground last July.

For more information about the Public Open Space strategy, visit the City’s website at www.gosnells.wa.gov.au.