Million-dollar park plan

• The proposed plans for the Leederville town centre by Blackwell & Associates.

• The proposed plans for the Leederville town centre by Blackwell & Associates.

JUST over a million bucks will be spent sprucing up the first stage of Leederville’s town centre.

With little done in the precinct since the formation of the Vincent city council, mayor Alannah MacTiernan says, “it is clearly Leederville village’s turn to get an upgrade in the public spaces in the town centre, it being 18 years since the last major works”.

The upgrade to the Oxford Street park is the first priority. Ms MacTiernan says she wants to get at least one project underway before the council is re-absorbed into Perth city council.

Greg White runs Cranked cafe and has been in Leederville for 17 years. His business is right by the park and the rejig will let people sit at the cafe while keeping an eye on the kids at the playground. He’s chuffed with the plan and says it couldn’t be better for livening up the locale. Other parts of the plan include new streetscaping and plantings, new toilets and activities for kids like outdoor ping pong (and maybe outdoor chess, though one local suggested no youngsters know how to play).

by DAVID BELL

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