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

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The new park at the undeveloped public open space (POS) west of the old Swanbourne Hospital on St Johns Wood Boulevard has been completed.

Draft playground concept plans (nature-based and modular) have been developed (see document library).

These designs take into consideration the outcomes of the previous engagement feedback which was undertaken for the development of the park.

The City has sought multiple playground designs and is presenting two designs for your feedback based on the following criteria:


  • delivery within the approved budget of $136,000 with best value for money
  • best incorporated suggestions and ideas received from residents through the previous feedback
  • compliance with playground safety standards
  • appropriateness to the existing constructed play area
  • provision of inter-generational interaction
  • demonstrate a point of difference to playgrounds in close proximity.

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

If not a registered member, please register using the Register to get Involved tab above. Registering will enable you to receive ongoing updates on the project. The information and the two proposed designs are available for viewing in the document library.

Opportunities to provide feedback has now closed, however you can still ask us a question and follow the project as follows:

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

The new park at the undeveloped public open space (POS) west of the old Swanbourne Hospital on St Johns Wood Boulevard has been completed.

Draft playground concept plans (nature-based and modular) have been developed (see document library).

These designs take into consideration the outcomes of the previous engagement feedback which was undertaken for the development of the park.

The City has sought multiple playground designs and is presenting two designs for your feedback based on the following criteria:


  • delivery within the approved budget of $136,000 with best value for money
  • best incorporated suggestions and ideas received from residents through the previous feedback
  • compliance with playground safety standards
  • appropriateness to the existing constructed play area
  • provision of inter-generational interaction
  • demonstrate a point of difference to playgrounds in close proximity.

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

If not a registered member, please register using the Register to get Involved tab above. Registering will enable you to receive ongoing updates on the project. The information and the two proposed designs are available for viewing in the document library.

Opportunities to provide feedback has now closed, however you can still ask us a question and follow the project as follows:

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

Do you have a question for the City in relation to this project? If so, please ask us here and we will respond. Don't forget you can also talk to a Council Officer at the site information session on 15 May anytime from 2pm to 4pm.

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    Hi, Which playground (nature based or modular) was chosen for installation at the new park? When will it be installed? Thank you very much Kind regards Paula

    Paula Meling asked 6 months ago

    Hi Paula,

    The nature-based design was chosen for the installation. The City has engaged a contractor and work will commence on the playground around February 2020. 

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    I think it’s great there was community engagement on the design on playground but why wasn’t this done when choosing a piece of art. I drove home this afternoon to see a monstrosity of what is called art. When you have gone to that much effort to create a great space with native plants and really fitting with the area when you plan to ruin the whole thing with some modern lump of metal. Why couldn’t they have picked something fitting in the theme of the park. Is this what my rates are paying for

    Clby asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback on the newly installed artwork at Annie Dorrington park.  The artwork was commissioned by the City of Nedlands Arts Committee, who chose this artwork from over 17 proposals.  The Arts Committee is made up of your elected council members as well as some community members.  The selected artwork was presented at a full Council meeting for final approval before commissioning commenced.

    The artwork is titled ‘Windows into the Past’ and the artist is Tony Pankiw.  The artwork has connections to the site and references the artist Annie Dorrington in the decorative panels on top of the smallest of the two peaked ‘roof’ forms.  Annie Dorrington was a local artist who resided for a time at Montgomery Hall and who was one of the original contributing artists to the Australian Flag.  The panels on the larger ‘roof’ form reference the activities that Montgomery Hall has hosted over many generations: social dances, theatre, movie nights, as well as the local community – children on scooters, wedding celebrations and more.  The artist was very sensitive to the history of the site and its current uses by the local community. 

    In early 2020, the City of Nedlands will have a launch event for the park and Artwork and we will invite local residents to attend.  You will have a chance to meet the artist and the Arts Committee members and share your opinions with them.