Good quality parklands are valuable community assets that require well-considered planning, design and management to achieve optimal levels of amenity and functional performance. While initial establishment costs may be high, the long-term return to today and tomorrow’s communities is beyond measure. To achieve this it’s important to:
- Plan and design more diverse, well-distributed, well-connected parkland that meets different community needs, provides spaces suited for different purposes and functions and encourages higher levels of usage and positive social interaction for people of all ages and abilities.
- Adopt planning and design practices that recognise the value of local biodiversity, including existing bushland and wetlands and enhance and protect natural ecosystems.
- Adopt sustainability principles within parkland planning and design to ensure efficient use and protection of water resources. In Western Australia, a growing population is increasing demand for access to good quality parklands. At the same time, climatic trends are resulting in lower allocations of water resources being made available to irrigate new and existing public parklands.
These guidelines consider challenges and opportunities unique to Western Australia and offer good practice planning and design principles and case studies to assist in the creation and care of our parkland assets.