Elements of the classic Australian backyard, play areas and hangout zones for all ages, and special recognition of history and heritage is what will welcome visitors to Weeip Park in Midland, which officially opened on October 30 as part of the Kambarang Festival.
City of Swan Mayor David Lucas said Weeip Park was the first major open space in New Junction, the City of Swan’s transformational development in Midland’s CBD.
“Weeip Park is the centrepiece of the New Junction development: a vibrant space that honours the past and reflects our community now and into the future,” Cr Lucas said.
“The design concept for stage two – the children’s play space – is based on the habitats of 11 insects unique to WA, and designed to inspire play, discovery and curiosity about our natural environment.”
“We’re thrilled to offer this new space to our community, particularly the younger generation.”
Weeip Park was supported by a $1 million contribution from the Stefanelli family and Lotterywest.
Lotterywest’s General Manager of Grants and Community Development, Lorna Pritchard, said support of more than $1.3 million had gone towards two stages of the redevelopment.
“This space is not only a welcoming precinct for families, but a place to showcase local heritage throughout a historical part of WA,” Ms Pritchard said.
“Lotterywest has been proud to support this project with $1,320,429 for infrastructure and equipment for the outdoor youth space and children’s play area.”
The Kambarang Festival – a nod to one of the six Noongar seasons specific to WA – was a community-led event featuring live entertainment,
markets, kids’ activities, gourmet food as well as celebrate local Indigenous culture and storytelling.
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