WELLINGTON SQUARE had a soft reopening this week after $17.5 million upgrade.
The park’s received a dual name Moort-ak Waadiny (Searching for Family) in recognition of the area’s significance to Aboriginal people.
“It’s very exciting to see so many people here,” lord mayor Basil Zempilas said on Saturday March 27.
“This wasn’t advertised; the doors just opened today, the fencing just came down and look how many people are here.
“It is wonderful to see this park, Wellington Square, reimagined, alive, and open again for business,” he said.
The state government kicked in $4.37m via Lotterywest for a place of reflection to commemorate the stolen generations and for a 3000 sqm intergenerational playground called Koolangka Koolangka Waabiny, “Children’s Children’s Playground” in Whadjuk Noongar.
Perth state Labor MP John Carey said it’s the kind of space needed to get more families living in the city.
“What is fantastic about this attraction is it’s for families.
“What you’re seeing here today is the kind of stuff that children love; water playgrounds, flying fox, climbing equipment.
“This is the kind of stuff that we need to see in Perth.”
“This is world class,” Mr Zempilas said. “This facility for children of all abilities and all ages is as good as anything anywhere in the world.”
New amenities include event spaces, new footpaths, furniture and shaded BBQ and picnic areas (there’s about 350 new trees), skate park, pump track, and basketball court. New lighting and CCTV has been installed and the sports fields have been reworked with input from nearby schools and sports clubs to get them down there more.
The community launch is on April 10 from 11am to 4pm, with food trucks, sports and cultural activities.\
by DAVID BELL