Prospect Gardens/Narnu Wirra Playspace Upgrade – Round 3 Consultation

FAQS

Council’s Open Space Strategy identifies the priority parks for upgrades and the Prospect Gardens / Narnu Wirra playspace has been scheduled for an upgrade in the 2020/21 financial year.

City of Prospect was successful in receiving a State Government grant for the upgrade of the Prospect Gardens / Narnu Wirra Playspace. The total cost of the project is $437,000 with 50% ($218,500) coming from grant funding.

  • Drinking water fountain with dog bowl
  • Dog bag dispensers
  • 2 x electric BBQ’s
  • Pergola
  • Seating
  • Picnic tables
  • Picnic shelter

Any of the furniture above that is at the end of its useful life will be replaced. We invite feedback on any additional furniture that is required.

  • Existing play structure with slide
  • Springer and rockers
  • Swing set
  • Flying fox

Some materials are recycled where possible, eg scrap metal. The rest is disposed of.

The trees have been assessed by an Arborist and all the trees will be retained.

The playspace will cater for children of all ages.

The project is limited to the upgrade of the playspace. Funds must be spent within the boundary of the playspace, including the hill with the arbour.  The project does not extend to other areas of the Prospect Gardens/Narnu Wirra (eg, tennis courts, petanque club, etc) or any other parks, however we will be looking at fencing the south-west recreational lawn area as a separate project.

All feedback received will be collated by Council staff and reported to Council at the December 2020 Council Meeting for their consideration.

Construction will commence early 2021.

Dogs off-leash will not be allowed in the playspace area (in accordance with Council’s 2015 By-Law No. 5 – Dogs). The dog off-leash area is in the informal recreational lawn area (south-west corner of the precinct) and is recommended to be fenced.

A survey for the Prospect Gardens / Narnu Wirra playspace was undertaken in September 2017, providing options for play equipment and seeking feedback on what residents would like to see as part of an upgrade. Surveys were distributed to all residents that live within a 200 metre radius of the park and responses were compiled to determine the most appropriate components to be included in the draft Concept Plan.

 

The most common components were new play equipment (including a large play structure, cubby house, swings and climbing equipment); nature play; and more park furniture. 94% of respondents said they would visit the park more often if it were upgraded to suit their needs. The majority of children at the time of the survey fell into the 6-12 years age bracket.

 

A Draft Concept Plan was prepared in response to the community survey responses and further community consultation (Round 2) was undertaken.  Many concerns were raised by respondents in this consultation and so a Revised Plan (V2) has been developed to address these concerns.

There has been a 3 year delay since the initial community consultation as funds were allocated to other projects at the time and the Open Space Strategy was still being developed and was in draft form. It was important for the Open Space Strategy to be endorsed to inform all future park upgrades. Since its endorsement by Council, funds have been allocated in Council’s Long Term Financial Plan each year to deliver the Open Space Strategy and Prospect Gardens/Narnu Wirra is listed for an upgrade in the 2020/21 financial year.