The development of Bina Parkland from the city of Stirling on the outskirts of Perth in Balga has been recognized by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA), with Ecoscape – which partnered with the council to carry out the project – winning the award National 2021 Landscape Architecture National for Parks and Open Spaces. Space.
The judges of the 2021 National Landscape Architecture Award for Parks and Open Spaces praised the $ 6.2 million project, opened in December last year, for demonstrating a strong engagement process that s ‘is trying to include as much community as possible.
Stirling City Mayor Mark Irwin greeted the award, recognizing the exceptional work done by the design team and city employees as part of the engagement process during the design of the park.
Mayor Irwin noted that “our best public facilities are inclusive and accessible with a clear focus on meaningful engagement, which in this case has led to the identification of culturally appropriate design opportunities.
“The City has worked with stakeholders such as the Wadjak Northside Elders Group to ensure that the park meets the needs of the local community. This collaboration is an example of the practical measures the City has committed to under our new Reconciliation Action Plan to better engage and empower First Nations residents in the city of Stirling.
“Workshops and collaborations with the city’s culturally and linguistically diverse community, as well as with students from local schools, have made this project of enormous benefit to the community.
“Through their process, the designers helped foster a sense of community ownership of the space and created a local asset as diverse in opportunities as it is beautiful.”
Ecoscape Director Patrick Jordan said he was very proud to have received recognition for Bina Parkland, adding that “this project is the result of a long period of collaboration and communication between many different parties. , and we think this shows how Bina Parkland has been accepted. and appreciated by the Balga community.
Located in the Princess Wallington Reserve in Balga and featuring a skate facility, BMX tracks, playgrounds, a parkour area and a playground, Bina Parkland was created with the aim of being the centerpiece of ” a new community center, with free and accessible recreation options to attract a wide range of users and encourage local community events.
During the development of the park, the city consulted with the community to rename the park with a name Nyoongar, with the winning name “Bina Parkland” – which means morning light – submitted by the Warriapendi Primary School and chosen by the community of Balga. .
Lotterywest contributed $ 2.34 million to the overall project through community sponsorship.
Since its opening, the park has won two more awards.
In May it was named “Park of the Year” at the annual Parks and Leisure Australia (WA) Regions Excellence Awards while in July Ecoscape was awarded the highest “Excellence Award” in the region. Parks and open spaces category at the Australian Institute. of Landscape Architecture (AILA) WA Landscape Architecture Awards, which signified entry into this latest national awards ceremony.
Images of Bina Parkland courtesy of the City of Stirling.
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