How long will it take?
Approximately three to four months from start to finish. Some of the planting will occur in 2017 in autumn so that the irrigation is supplemented with rainfall.A proposed timeline is shown on the Concept Plan.
Will the park be closed off or fenced off and what access will we have during construction?
Temporary fencing will be erected around the lower Roebuck Drive part of the park receiving the new soil, closing it off during construction.
However, access through the park will remain along the western edge.
The playground and the north Hope Avenue side of the park will remain in use for most of the project.
Notification signs will be installed to provide updates to the schedule. The main works should be completed by end of November 2016.
What furniture and infrastructure is being installed?
New bench seats with and without backs, new drink fountain with dog bowl, new rubbish bins, and the new irrigation system.
Why is the path going through?
As per the City’s policy of ‘access for all’, the path will increase the accessibility of the park and amenities, and provide connection between Hope Avenue and Roebuck Drive. It also provides accessible entry into the existing playground and new sitting areas.
Why is the basketball court being changed?
The basketball court is being improved to create a multi-purpose court with the addition of a netball hoop, and multi court markings, providing more options for play. It is proposed to change the orientation of the hoops to reduce balls going onto the new path and bouncing into the playground.
Will all the new lawn/ turf be irrigated?
Yes, a new monitored irrigation system will be designed specifically for the new park design, including lawns, garden beds and trees. It will be installed as part of this project. All City irrigation systems are monitored and reports are provided to the Department of Water. The Park will be hydro-zoned to conserve water use, with the open turfed areas including the new big lawn receiving slightly more water than mulched areas. Some areas will remain unirrigated as the City needs to manage the water that is available to it from the Department of Water allocation.
Why is there no shade sail to the playground included?
The main objective and policy of the City is to provide shade through natural vegetation including trees. However, if feedback received from the community identifies a greater need and desire for a shade sail, the City will review and plan for it in the future.
When is the playground equipment due for renewal?
Playground equipment usually has a life of 10 to 20 years. The City arranges for playground audits to be undertaken on playgrounds to ensure that they still comply with current requirements and are safe. Playground assets are maintained regularly and replaced at the end of their useful life. Currently the existing Hope Avenue Reserve equipment is on the City’s program for replacement in 2021.
Why is the soil coming from Millers Pool?
The City is currently undertaking the Millers Pool Project on the South Perth Foreshore near the Swan River. As part of this project, excess soil is being removed and the City required soil for the Hope Avenue Project to level the dry open space area adjacent to Roebuck Drive and create a larger lawn for recreation purposes. Refer the City’s website under ‘Major Projects’ for more information on the Millers Pool project.
How much soil is being added to the park?
Approximately 600m³ of soil will be added to the park to level it and improved drainage. This will be approximately 25 to 30 truck-loads. They will be on site over a two week period expected to commence in early to mid-September 2016. Only clean soil will be used.
How will dust and noise from the project be managed?
The impact of noise, dust and vibration to the public is expected to be minimal. Strategies will be implemented to keep noise, dust and vibration, to a minimum. Controls include: Dust suppression using a water spray system for operations where nuisance dust is likely to be generated; Visual inspection for nuisance dust will be used to determine if dust suppression is adequate.
Noise is unavoidable; however works will be carried out within business hours (Mon-Fri, 7am-6pm). All equipment will be fitted with appropriate noise suppression (muffler) devices and will comply with pollution and noise regulations.
Will there be a lot of machinery on site?
Trucks will be accessing the site with soil and other material deliveries.
Other equipment will include vehicles to spread the soil, compact the soil, dust suppression, excavator for the irrigation install, concrete trucks, bobcats and compactors to prepare for the path and low walls, plus other minor contractor vehicles.
What is being planted and why?
New mulched garden beds of groundcovers and low pretty shrubs of predominantly local species will be planted to provide increased biodiversity to the park.
As the lawns receive more water than the new low-water-use garden beds and mulched areas with trees, water supply will be suitable across the park. Installing the garden beds and mulched areas rationalises water use for water to be available for the new lower big lawn.
Shady trees, of various sizes, also mostly of local and WA species will be planted to complement the existing trees.
For similar recent projects with hydrozone plantings, see Bradshaw Conochie Reserve in Manning and Bill McGrath Reserve on Seventh Avenue in Kensington.