Posted on April 20, 2018
The Minister for Water the Hon Dave Kelly MLA and Mayor Dan Bull will be on hand at 8am on Monday 30 April to officially open the City's new ninja-warrior style obstacle course at Russell Park in the Morley CBD.
Mayor Dan Bull said the project is the culmination of many months of planning by the City.
"We are delighted to deliver on our promise to create an activity based space for young people to gather and have fun in the heart of Morley.
"I am confident the 10 station obstacle course complete with a ninja-warrior style wall will be a hit.
The delivery of a central park in the heart of the Morley CBD is the result of a partnership between the owners of the site, the Water Corporation, and the City of Bayswater.
"The site was previously a disused stormwater drain that was fenced off from the public. Now it has been transformed into living breathing wetland area for the whole community to enjoy.
"It is a testament to what can be achieved when two organisations work together to deliver a positive outcome for the community.
"The City has delivered the ninja-warrior style obstacle course after obtaining an $87,000 grant from Lotterywest.
"The Department of Biodiversity, Attractions and Conservation also 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 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.
"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 for the community is to create a space to relax and enjoy the natural environment beyond the confines of the Morley business district.
Mayor Dan Bull said given his vision for the City as the heart of Perth's inner-east, cementing the Morley CBD's reputation as a strategic retail and leisure destination is essential.