By Erin Caizley
Shrinking block sizes have led to an increase in larger parks and playgrounds in Perth’s southern suburbs.
New data from the Urban Development Institute of Australia shows that Perth block sizes have fallen from an average 472 square metres in 2014, to 395 square metres in 2016.
The most recent playground opening in Kwinana on Sunday followed in the footsteps of the popular Robot Park in Piara Waters, near Armadale, which opened in July.
Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said the Robot Park is a big hit and is great use of the public open space.
“The local government plays a role in making sure that these features are properly fitted out and maintained,” Councillor Zelones said.
Nature Play WA CEO Griffin Longley says smaller block sizes play a part in the recent park boom alongside community engagement.
“I think all land managers, whether they’re developers or local governments, all need to be actively engaging and creating good parks for kids and families,” Mr Longley said.
“It’s not just something that’s for kids, a good park is somewhere that’s good for parents, single adults, young people and seniors.
Piara Waters’ resident and mother, Hayley Waight, says the playground is great for kids in the area as most houses have minimal backyard space.
“The Robot Park is an amazing park that has been designed to cater to all age groups,” Mrs Waight said.
“The equipment ranges from baby swings, to a flying fox and a climbing frame so there should be no reason why kids would get bored.”
Councillor Zelones said the $2.5 million Robot Park was designed by Stockland WA as an alternative to other public spaces in the area.
“If you look at Piara Waters you will find walkways and barbeque areas which act for a different purpose,” Mr Zelones said.
“[The Robot Park] is a well thought out facility.”