Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Space Net

The pit required for the installation of the large climbing play equipment 'Space Net' has been dug. The space net should be up in a matter of weeks!!!

Down Comes the Old Toilet Block

The old toilet block has now been demolished to make way for the new one, which will include disability access.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Fleming Reserve Skate Workshops a Huge Success

A Sk8 design workshop held at Fleming Reserve in High Wycombe has attracted over 30 young people, all contributing their ideas for the new skate park at the reserve.

The workshops were conducted by Stacy Dennis from D-Brand Skate Parks. Stacy is an experienced skater and a qualified architect. He has been designing and building skate parks since 1998, and has worked in Western Australia several times over the past few years to design and build parks in Albany, Bridgetown and Cockburn.

Fleming Reserve Project Coordinator May Carter said, "The workshop was a huge success and we were thrilled to have so many community members attend and give input."

"Examples of numerous skate elements (such as pipes, bowls, rails, spines and fun boxes) were illustrated and local skaters, BMX and scooter riders were asked to nominate their favoured features. All users were asked to write comments, sketch their own designs and let Stacy know what they?d like to see in their park."

"All selections and comments will be collated and used to guide the initial design process. Once the first draft design is completed, all users will be asked to give it the thumbs up - and then building will begin."

The Skate park workshop is a part of the upgrade of Fleming Reserve. The Reserve is being redeveloped as a multi-generational community space that encourages physical activity, relaxation and social interaction.

Works taking place over the 2009/2010 financial year include confirmation of the placement of all facilities and final design; construction of pathways (internal circuit), old toilet block demolished and rebuilt, installation of Play equipment to meet junior (0-5), intermediate (5-10) and senior (10+) requirements, playground landscaping, including BBQs and shade); confirmation of skate park design and the construction of the skate park and the planting of new garden beds.

The projected will be completed over the 2010-2011 financial year, with final stages including the BMX redesign and rebuild; the design and construction of the Pavilion; construction of external pathways, redevelopment of the car park and finalisation of landscaping.
The local community has been and continues to be involved in the redevelopment of the reserve and the Friends of Fleming Reserve will play an active role in caring for its playground, skate park, gardens and bushland.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Clean Up @ Fleming Reserve 20th Feb 2010

High Wycombe Heros!!!

Thanks to the gang that came down to clean the Skatepark and the Reserve. Awesome job!!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

23/1/10 Getting Back In Swing - Hills Gazzette

By Louise Bettison, Hills Gazette


Thrilled with progress in Fleming Reserve are young Cayden White with, from left, Cr Martyn Cresswell, mum Michelle, sister Madison and Tania Belletty in the background.
WHEN Michelle White took her children down the street to Fleming Reserve on Thursday, she was thrilled to find evidence that the revitalisation she fought for was finally in progress.

The 58,736sqm reserve in High Wycombe is the largest in the area, but avoided by young families because of its litter, broken glass, antisocial behaviour and minimal play equipment.

“The playground was crappy and had no shade, making it too hot most of the year for kids to use,” Ms White said. “It always looked hopeless, but then they took the large pine trees away, and that was the final straw.”

Sick of driving to parks in Belmont or Ascot, in 2007, she called on Kalamunda Shire Council to act. She garnered the support of former shire officer Tania Belletty, Cr Martyn Cresswell and other residents.

By demonstrating the extent of antisocial behaviour at Fleming Reserve, which included letting off explosives and lighting fires, Ms Belletty secured Office of Crime Prevention seed funding of $20,000 and Council added $5000 for initial consultations.

“Then Michelle found a lot of money for public open space that had just been sitting in the shire budget,” Ms Belletty said.

“The Department of Local Government and Regional Development contributed $96,500, and at that point, Council committed $630,000 plus another $300,000 in the last budget.”

Their efforts started bearing fruit in the past fortnight: the remaining trees have been treated by injection for dieback, pathways pegged and concrete paving is about to begin.

“The revitalisation project is now on track, with just some decisions to go on landscaping and playground equipment to suit different age groups, something parents told us they wanted,” Ms Belletty said.