Skate Sculpture provided a comprehensive community engagement strategy for a proposed youth plaza in the suburb of Balga in Perth’s north. Accompanied by our proven track record of completing landscape design projects on-time and within budget, we were awarded the consultation and concept design project for a recreational facility at Princess Wallington Reserve.

 

The consultation strategy was undertaken in two interrelated stages and was completed over a ten-week period. The strategy included design workshops with the youth community and completion of two preliminary designs, with an additional public comment period advertising the designs to the local youth and wider community. More specifically, the methodology included workshops with four participating schools in the local community (each school visited on two separate occasions), additional interviews with identified community groups, wider consultation sessions at the Mirrabooka Square Shopping Centre and the local sporting and recreation centre, Mirrabooka Library and the Balga Friday markets. A social media campaign was also undertaken to fully canvass the reactions and opinions of residents.

 

The results of the three-week public comment period allowed us to complete a survey summary report with 262 respondents and additional letters of feedback from the community. The Facebook page had more than 100 members and we continually instigated conversations on various youth activities to provide a deeper insight into community based design outcomes.

 

As desired by the community, the facility will include youth activities for boys and girls, such as a dirt BMX track, skate park, multi-use courts, parkour and gymnastics areas, a concert space, graffiti art mural, landscaping, and Wi-Fi connectivity. It is anticipated that upon completion of the project, the community will take pride and ownership of the space they helped create. One 12-year-old participant even approached Skate Sculpture employee, David Snyder, following the consultation and asked if he could show his mates the design “he” created. The work completed at Princess Wallington Reserve showcases Skate Sculpture’s strengths in community consultation and our experience in combining active and passive recreational elements to attract local youths, families and residents into the future space.

 

In July 2017, Lottery West granted the City of Stirling $2.3 million funding for the Princess Wallington Reserve Youth Space, with construction scheduled to commence in 2018. In completing the consultation project, City of Stirling councillors and administration staff are now confident the local youth and wider community have had the opportunity for strong participatory input to the project and draft design, which is reinforced in an accompanying consultation report and video documentary of the entire project.

 

The video of the consultation process can be viewed at:

https://vimeo.com/141876660