An inaccessible drainage site located in the heart of the Morley City Centre will soon be transformed into a recreational space for the whole community to enjoy thanks to funding from the City of Bayswater.
The project is a result of a partnership formed between the City and the owner of the site, the Water Corporation.
Mayor Dan Bull said the partnership represents a fundamental shift in the way local governments and state authorities traditionally interact.
"We are delighted to be working with the Water Corporation to deliver a much needed public park in the Morley City Centre. Our strong working relationship will see us deliver a positive outcome for the community.
"Today marks the official start of stage one of the project and is a culmination of many months of planning by the City.
In 2010, following extensive consultation with the community, Council adopted a Master Plan for the Morley Town Centre. The Master Plan identified Russell Street Park as the 'central essential park' for Morley and vital to the revitalisation of the Morley City Centre.
"Public open space in the Morley City Centre is critically low however Russell Street Park's location opposite the Galleria Shopping Centre and Morley Bus Station, and next door to Bunnings make it ripe for revitalisation.
"Fenced off from the public, the land was previously set aside to meet the current and future drainage needs of the area and was inaccessible.
"Fences separating the area will be removed following the finalisation of landscaping works.
The Department of Biodiversity, Attractions and Conservation has contributed $50,000 towards the conversion of the area alongside the existing drainage basin into a series of living streams that will improve existing water quality, biodiversity and work to green the area.
In January the City will install a new ninja warrior style obstacle course after securing $87,000 in grant funding from Lotterywest earlier in the year.
"The City is keen to create an activity based space for young people to gather and have fun in the heart of Morley. The 10 station obstacle course complete with a ninja style warrior wall is sure to be a hit with young people.
"Lotterywest grant funding will also provide for seating and lighting.
"The City's longer term vision for Russell Street Park will take shape over the next five years and will see the transformation of the entire area including the adjacent drainage basin into a central park for Morley.
"Our vision is for the community to create a space to relax and enjoy the natural environment beyond the confines of the Morley business district.
"In partnership with the Water Corporation, we hope to redefine the Russell Park area by transforming it from an inaccessible stormwater drain into a living breathing wetland area for the whole community to enjoy. We want to create a high quality recreational space where people can relax in the heart of the Morley City Centre."