Perth’s newest and most exciting inner-city park – Moort-ak Waadiny / Wellington Square – is officially open to the public.
An initiative of the City of Perth, the $17.5 million upgrade took just over 12 months to complete.
The City of Perth envisions the newly-constructed Moort-ak Waadiny / Wellington Square to be a hub for residents, visitors, families and friends to meet, celebrate, adventure and explore.
Located in East Perth, the park boasts a new intergenerational playground supported by a $4.37 million grant from Lotterywest and a place of reflection in the north-west corner of Moort-ak Waadiny / Wellington Square to commemorate the Stolen Generations.
New amenities also include event spaces for medium to large scale activities and multi-use sporting fields designed in consultation with nearby schools and sporting clubs. With 350 new trees and 60 per cent canopy cover, the park also features expansive shade and greenery.
“A place for everyone to connect, climb, explore, create and relax, we envision people of all ages from both the local area and across the wider state enjoying the park’s expansive offerings,” City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said.
“It will uphold the vision of Perth as a great place to be, providing a safe, clean and attractive area for the community, city workers, visitors and tourists.”
The star attraction of the park is the 3000m2 intergenerational playground Koolangka Koolangka Waabiny, one of the biggest playgrounds in greater Perth.
Meaning Children Children’s playground in Whadjuk Nyoongar, the area features nature play, a skate park, parkour activities, a flying fox, embankment slides, a pump track, waterplay and climbing towers, as well as basketball courts.
The theme for the community playground is 'Landscape of Play' and the design is influenced by Aboriginal themes and Western Australian iconic landforms.
The park also features an off-leash dog park, new footpaths and shaded picnic areas for relaxation. New lighting and CCTV will also ensure the safety of the park into the evening.
Moort-ak Waadiny / Wellington Square represents cultural and spiritual significance, linking the past and the present, where Whadjuk Nyoongar people met, raised families, hunted and performed ceremonies.
Both the park and playground have received dual names in recognition of Moort-ak Waadiny / Wellington Square’s significance to many members of the Aboriginal community, and out of respect for the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land.
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MOORT-AK WAADINY / WELLINGTON SQUARE COMMUNITY LAUNCH
10 April | 11am to 4pm | Moort-ak Waadiny / Wellington Square
The City of Perth invites the Western Australian community to the Wellington Square community launch on 10 April. Check out the exciting new facilities and celebrate the official launch of Moort-ak Waadiny / Wellington Square with a family fun day filled with food trucks, free amusements, cultural activities, sporting demonstrations, workshops, coaching and more.
Moort-ak Waadiny / Wellington Square areas and amenities include;
A 3000m2 intergenerational playground, supported by Lotterywest;
Multi-use event spaces with built in infrastructure to cater for medium and large-scale events;
Multi-use sporting fields;
Integration of cultural and environmental heritage;
350 new trees, with 268 retained trees and a 60 per cent canopy cover;
15,000m2 of new walking paths;
Formalised social and meeting spaces;
New furniture suite including shade, picnic, BBQ facilities and drink fountains;
New lighting and CCTV, improving safety and extending usability of space to evening and night;
Smart technology and WIFI integrated into the site;
Water sensitive urban design principles resulting in a 32% reduction in water consumption in irrigated turf area; and
Increased biodiversity with native tree and plant species.
Key play features include;
Junior and senior climbing towers with slides
Picnic and BBQ facilities
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