Playspace improvements prove popular


The City of Joondalup’s reputation as a leading provider of family-friendly parks and safe play areas has been enhanced by the opening of a new bike/scooter skills track at MacDonald Park, Padbury and a revitalised playspace on the northern side of Tom Simpson Park, Mullaloo.

The bike/scooter skills track was completed as part of recent upgrades to MacDonald Park through the City’s Capital Works program.

It includes mini asphalt roadways with line markings and traffic signage, teaching children basic road rules. Other features include zebra crossings, speed humps, parking bays, hairpin bends, a small off-road section, petrol pump and shop fronts. Nearby, there is a mix of traditional play elements as well as a nature-play obstacle course, leading up a slope to a small fort.

The new playspace at Tom Simpson Park – one of the City’s most popular parks and key tourism attractor – is suitable for children aged 2 to 12 and conveniently located along the existing footpath network between the barbecues and picnic shelter facilities.

It features sand and softball surfaces; shade sails (in summer); a combination-unit ship with play panels, helm, musical chimes, telescope, tunnel, cubby, slide and a walk-the-plank; water table with creek; balancing logs and steppers; climbing boulders; balance beam switchback; concrete slide; talking tubes; 4 x swing set and a large timber fort with net climbers and tube slide. Six new trees were also planted next to the play area.

The project was design and delivered by the City.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City designed and constructed between 10-12 new playspaces each year at a cost of just over $1.1million.

“Our City prides itself on being home to playgrounds that not only provide safe places for children where they can have fun with their friends and parents, they also encourage young people of all ages to get active and participate in activities that support a healthy and active lifestyle,” he said.

“These outstanding playspaces promote childhood social and basic motor skill development through challenging swinging, climbing, hanging, balancing, sliding, social and imaginative play and I encourage families from across Perth to come and check them out.”