St Johns Wood Boulevard - A new park being planned for the area

The City is now developing a park at the undeveloped public open space (POS) west of the old Swanbourne Hospital on St Johns Wood Boulevard. The park is being developed in partnership with Aegis Aged Care who are developing the old Swanbourne Hospital site.

Planning involved identifying and researching a range of topics. Issues related to the natural and built environment, water quality and conservation, climate change, amenity, accessibility, potential community uses and ensuring the park is fit for purpose.

The next step was to develop a draft concept plan for the proposed park facilities which was presented to the community during the community engagement phase. Following the community engagement, the plan was further updated and presented to the Council for approval.

The development of the park design is aligned with similar sized parks, and addresses current and future management and service limitations.

Council have now approved the plans and work is progressing. The next steps will be further community engagement on the proposed playground, installing a public art piece and naming of the park.

How can you get involved, find out more or provide feedback?

To participate in this project, please register using the Register to get Involved tab above. It is important that you register (if not already registered). This will enable you to receive ongoing updates on the project. You can continue to watch the progress of this project by:

  • Taking a walk to the site and see work progressing
  • Reading the project updates on the newsfeeds
  • Ask us a question by using the Ask Us a Question tab and we will respond
  • Contact a member of the Project Design Team (see Who's Listening on this page)

The City is now developing a park at the undeveloped public open space (POS) west of the old Swanbourne Hospital on St Johns Wood Boulevard. The park is being developed in partnership with Aegis Aged Care who are developing the old Swanbourne Hospital site.

Planning involved identifying and researching a range of topics. Issues related to the natural and built environment, water quality and conservation, climate change, amenity, accessibility, potential community uses and ensuring the park is fit for purpose.

The next step was to develop a draft concept plan for the proposed park facilities which was presented to the community during the community engagement phase. Following the community engagement, the plan was further updated and presented to the Council for approval.

The development of the park design is aligned with similar sized parks, and addresses current and future management and service limitations.

Council have now approved the plans and work is progressing. The next steps will be further community engagement on the proposed playground, installing a public art piece and naming of the park.

How can you get involved, find out more or provide feedback?

To participate in this project, please register using the Register to get Involved tab above. It is important that you register (if not already registered). This will enable you to receive ongoing updates on the project. You can continue to watch the progress of this project by:

  • Taking a walk to the site and see work progressing
  • Reading the project updates on the newsfeeds
  • Ask us a question by using the Ask Us a Question tab and we will respond
  • Contact a member of the Project Design Team (see Who's Listening on this page)
  • Park name chosen - Annie Dorrington Park

    about 1 month ago
    Annie dorrington

    The Council at its meeting on 23 April 2019 resolved to instruct Administration to apply to the State Government's Geographic Names Committee to name the reserve Annie Dorrington Park.

    Annie Dorrington is a person who has a significant historical connection to the site. Apart from her winning entry in the Flag Competition of 1901, her legacy to us is the one hundred and twenty-four exquisite wildflower paintings held by the Art Gallery of WA, four of which are currently displayed in the WA section of the Gallery.

    Annie's highlights and contributions to Western Australia:

    The Council at its meeting on 23 April 2019 resolved to instruct Administration to apply to the State Government's Geographic Names Committee to name the reserve Annie Dorrington Park.

    Annie Dorrington is a person who has a significant historical connection to the site. Apart from her winning entry in the Flag Competition of 1901, her legacy to us is the one hundred and twenty-four exquisite wildflower paintings held by the Art Gallery of WA, four of which are currently displayed in the WA section of the Gallery.

    Annie's highlights and contributions to Western Australia:

    • Annie is a highly-regarded painter of watercolours of local wildflowers, and her works were exhibited at many international exhibitions.
    • Was born in 1866, the daughter of Richard and Sarah Whistler of Berkshire, England. After her father died Annie emigrated to Melbourne in 1890 with her mother and eight siblings.
    • Married Charles Dorrington in 1892 St Albans Church in Armadale, Victoria. They moved across to the West in 1895, where Charles was initially manager of the Swan River Shipping Company and later shire clerk at Mundijong. Annie found great beauty in her new environment - especially its wildflowers.
    • By 1901, Annie was exhibiting widely, with watercolours in the Western Australian pavilion at the 1900 Paris International Exhibition, the 1901 Glasgow International Exhibition, the 1904 St. Louis International Exposition, and the 1908 Franco-British Exhibition, London
    • In 1901, Annie Dorrington entered the competition for the design of a new Australian flag, and was named one of five winners who had all submitted similar designs (nearly 1% of the population at the time entered the competition)
    • Annie taught private painting classes at home from 1902 to 1906, advertising them in the local newspaper.
    • She suffered depression, had treatments at Claremont Mental Hospital in 1908 and again in 1918
    • The Art Gallery of Western Australia purchased a collection of 128 of her water colours in 1936
    • Her unmarked grave at Karrakatta Cemetery was discovered by the Australian National Flag Association (WA) Inc. who erected a monument in 1999.
    • The restored Montgomery House has recognised her art contribution and displays several of her paintings.
    • Annie is recognised in the Karrakatta Historical Walk Trail No. 21


    To view the resolution, please visit the City's website (Council Meetings) (TS08.19, Page 26 of the PDF).

    Further updates will be provided following a response from the Geographic Names Committee.

  • Naming of Reserve - Council Committee Meeting: 9 April 2019

    2 months ago
    Adult advice analysis 1050297

    The Council Committee meeting held on Tuesday, 9 April 2019 recommended that Council instruct Administration to apply to the Geographic Names Committee to have the reserve named 'Abbey Park'.

    To view the minutes, please visit the City's Website (Agendas, Minutes & Reports)

    The Council Committee meeting held on Tuesday, 9 April 2019 recommended that Council instruct Administration to apply to the Geographic Names Committee to have the reserve named 'Abbey Park'.

    To view the minutes, please visit the City's Website (Agendas, Minutes & Reports)

  • Council approves plans to progress development

    3 months ago
    Landscaping works

    The Council at its meeting on 26 February 2019 approved the plans and preferred tenderer to commence the conversion of this land into a park.

    Work will be commencing on 25 March 2019 which will see the contractors, Phase 3 Landscape Construction Pty Ltd undertake:

    • Site establishment inclusive of temporary fencing for security
    • Bulk earthworks and weed eradication
    • Installation of a new irrigation system
    • Construction of new paths, garden kerbs and walls
    • Installation of new park furniture including seating, drinking fountain, BBQ facilities and bollards
    • Installation of new landscaping including turf, garden beds, mulch...

    The Council at its meeting on 26 February 2019 approved the plans and preferred tenderer to commence the conversion of this land into a park.

    Work will be commencing on 25 March 2019 which will see the contractors, Phase 3 Landscape Construction Pty Ltd undertake:

    • Site establishment inclusive of temporary fencing for security
    • Bulk earthworks and weed eradication
    • Installation of a new irrigation system
    • Construction of new paths, garden kerbs and walls
    • Installation of new park furniture including seating, drinking fountain, BBQ facilities and bollards
    • Installation of new landscaping including turf, garden beds, mulch and trees.

    The above works are estimated to take approximately six-weeks to complete.

    The works will be undertaken throughout the week Monday - Friday, between the hours of 7am and 5pm.

    There will be some minor and temporary inconvenience at times to footpaths and local traffic in and around the site during the works.

    To read the Council minutes, report and final design (Item 13.2) on the project, please visit the City's website.

    Following this stage, the City will be progressing with:

    • Installation of a playground. This process will include further community engagement.
    • Installation of a piece of public art.
    • Park naming and signage.
    Further updates will be provided on this page as the project progresses.
  • Community engagement results reported to Council

    11 months ago
    Improvement2

    Council have now considered the community engagement report on St Johns Boulevard at its meeting on 24 July 2018. To read the report, visit the City's website under Council/Agendas, Minutes and Reports for July (2018 TS Reports - TS15.18).

    The community engagement activities provided a number of recommendations and the plan presented to the City was subsequently amended from the plan originally developed for the engagement. Please see the document library.

    The key findings from the community engagement activities and comments from Administration were:

    Concept Plan

    • Retain the general design of the park with regards to hydro-zones,...

    Council have now considered the community engagement report on St Johns Boulevard at its meeting on 24 July 2018. To read the report, visit the City's website under Council/Agendas, Minutes and Reports for July (2018 TS Reports - TS15.18).

    The community engagement activities provided a number of recommendations and the plan presented to the City was subsequently amended from the plan originally developed for the engagement. Please see the document library.

    The key findings from the community engagement activities and comments from Administration were:

    Concept Plan

    • Retain the general design of the park with regards to hydro-zones, eco-zones, playground location and path network.
    • Include provision of public barbecue (relocated from Beaton Park).
    • Basketball hoops: there are already three basketball hoops within walking distance (Mt Claremont Community Centre, Grainger Park, Mt Claremont Oval), therefore the request for a basketball hoop is not supported at this stage.
    • Include a drinking fountain utilising the old cast headworks as an art feature.
    • Include a dog tidy station.
    • Use predominantly native plantings with some deciduous and evergreen species to provide for winter sunshine and bird sanctuary.
    • Include public artwork within the playground area.
    • Playground design: include intergenerational play facilities (this will be a separate engagement process closer to the time of construction)
    • The parking prohibition in Abbey Gardens is “No Parking”, therefore the painted yellow line does not apply as this for “No Standing”.

    Park Name

    The most supported park names were Abbey Park (adjacent to Abbey Gardens) and Montgomery Park (adjacent to Montgomery House). Administration subsequently supported Abbey Park.

  • Assessment of feedback underway

    11 months ago
    Design image cropped

    Thank you to everyone who participated in this project. The City has completed an assessment of the feedback. The draft Enviro-scape Master Plan is being updated as a result of feedback and a report is currently being prepared for Council for its Committee meeting scheduled for 10 July and Council on 24 July.

    Thank you to everyone who has participated in this project.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in this project. The City has completed an assessment of the feedback. The draft Enviro-scape Master Plan is being updated as a result of feedback and a report is currently being prepared for Council for its Committee meeting scheduled for 10 July and Council on 24 July.

    Thank you to everyone who has participated in this project.

  • Consultation Closed

    about 1 year ago
    Thank you logo string

    Thank you to everyone who participated in this project. The consultation has now closed and the City will be reviewing the feedback received. Following this review a report will be prepared for consideration by the Council.

    All further updates will be provided on this engagement page.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in this project. The consultation has now closed and the City will be reviewing the feedback received. Following this review a report will be prepared for consideration by the Council.

    All further updates will be provided on this engagement page.

  • Time running out to have your say!

    about 1 year ago
    Have your say

    This engagement project is closing soon and the City wants to hear your thoughts on the proposal. The ideas section has now closed and everyone is invited to vote for them.

    Don't forget the naming of the park. The City has received the following nominations and your votes are invited for your preference.

    • Abbey Park
    • Graylands Park
    • Montgomery Hall Park
    • Montgomery Park


    When thinking about your preference and to move forward, the City will need to make a submission to the State Government (Landcorp) in accordance with their policy. Please refer to FAQs to...

    This engagement project is closing soon and the City wants to hear your thoughts on the proposal. The ideas section has now closed and everyone is invited to vote for them.

    Don't forget the naming of the park. The City has received the following nominations and your votes are invited for your preference.

    • Abbey Park
    • Graylands Park
    • Montgomery Hall Park
    • Montgomery Park


    When thinking about your preference and to move forward, the City will need to make a submission to the State Government (Landcorp) in accordance with their policy. Please refer to FAQs to find out what is required when proposing a name for a park.

    Please remember that this engagement project closes on Monday, 28 May 2018.

  • Onsite information session now held!

    about 1 year ago
    St johns wood   onsite engagement

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the onsite information session on Tuesday, 15 May. There approximately 30 people attended from all age groups.

    There was discussion around the areas of the playground and facilities for older children (basketball hoop and suitable play equipment), planting of trees and shrubs, shade provision and seating, dog facilities and other items such as drinking fountains, barbecue and gazebo.


    Suggested names were:

    • Abbey Park
    • Montgomery Park
    • Graylands Park
    • Montgomery Hall
    • A name to reflect indigenous history – Noongar people, Whadjuk.

    To name a park, the City must comply with the State Governments policy for...

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the onsite information session on Tuesday, 15 May. There approximately 30 people attended from all age groups.

    There was discussion around the areas of the playground and facilities for older children (basketball hoop and suitable play equipment), planting of trees and shrubs, shade provision and seating, dog facilities and other items such as drinking fountains, barbecue and gazebo.


    Suggested names were:

    • Abbey Park
    • Montgomery Park
    • Graylands Park
    • Montgomery Hall
    • A name to reflect indigenous history – Noongar people, Whadjuk.

    To name a park, the City must comply with the State Governments policy for naming parks and reserves. This document can be found on the Landgate website or by visiting the document library on this page.

    Interpretative signage was also suggested as part of the naming and the history of the park.

    In relation to the issues raised, these have been included on the proposed plan. The City has also assessed the feedback and provided a response. Both documents are available in the document library.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in this session.
  • Share your thoughts on the proposal to develop a neighbourhood park

    about 1 year ago
    Make things happen image cropped

    The City would like to hear from you on your thoughts and ideas of developing a park for the local neighbourhood around St Johns Wood Boulevard. Please have a look at the concept design and provide your feedback, alternatively visit the site on Tuesday, 15 May and talk to a Council Officer.

    There are a number of ways in which you can participate in this important City project. Please read the information on this engagement page to find out more.

    The City would like to hear from you on your thoughts and ideas of developing a park for the local neighbourhood around St Johns Wood Boulevard. Please have a look at the concept design and provide your feedback, alternatively visit the site on Tuesday, 15 May and talk to a Council Officer.

    There are a number of ways in which you can participate in this important City project. Please read the information on this engagement page to find out more.