Park of the future

We’re turning an inaccessible Water Corporation stormwater drain in Cannington into a park of the future.

Wharf Street Basin Next Generation Community Park will be a new, multifunctional, public, smart park where technology and nature unite.

It will provide green space for people to relax, a habitat for wildlife and an education space to learn more about water.

The City of Canning will also use the park to provide important data for things like the maintenance of bins and park lighting, timing irrigation to when the park trees need watering, stormwater information and public safety.
 
View our artist's renderings by clicking the thumbnail images below.


 

Timeline

2019
01 Sep

Park concept finalised

Completed

2020
20 Jan

Construction begins

In progress

01 Apr

Landscape and planting starts

In progress

TBC

Next Generation Community Park opens

To be completed

Features of a smart park

A smart park uses technology to improve the efficiencies of resources and the environment like water, energy and waste management. Technology is also used to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the community.

Creating a smarter city 

The City of Canning is committed to becoming a leading environmentally, economically and socially sustainable city.  

We will use technology to help plan for our future. By being better informed on how our spaces, resources and infrastructure is being used, we’ll make decisions to improve the city for businesses, residents and visitors. 

We’re building a better future.

Experience the future

Wharf Street Basin Layout
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1. Noongar Language

The concept of the design enables the community to connect with nature, it allows the visitor to discover plants, and animals through Indigenous interpretation of the site and the wider region. This involves education and interpretation of the local area's endemic flora and fauna that also incorporates Whadjuk Noongar language in the design.

2. Water Sensitive

The design showcases outcomes that integrate water-sensitive infrastructure. This includes bio-filtration systems that clean water through shallow vegetated basins and provide important habitat for local fauna.

3. Nature Viewing

The design allows for nature viewing and passive recreation for twitchers (bird watchers) and nature lovers.

4. Interpretive Play

The design provides a range of nature and interpretive play for all ages.

5. Educational Opportunities

The design facilitates educational opportunities to develop the community's understanding of water quality and aquatic life by allowing safe water interaction via tactile play and science activities.

6. Outdoor Education

The design provides informal outdoor education spaces.

7. Walk, Run or Cycle

The design provides active recreation opportunities for walkers, runners and cyclists.

8. Technology Supported

The design provides an opportunity to learn about the local area and water through interpretive elements. (Near Field Communication, or Quick Response (QR) codes can be installed on key elements to provide visitors with engaging information.)

Location

Experience the Next Generation Park

A Living Lab

Education space to monitor water levels in real time

Sensors

To measure water quality, weather, power and water use. Data can be accessed by the public

Public Wifi

Free high speed internet connection

Solar panels

Solar panels on the roof of the pavilion and benches to provide power to the park and be used to charge devices 

CCTV

CCTV to help protect the assets on site
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Smart bins

Data will be used to tell the City when bins need to be emptied

Smart locks

Locks that can be activated and controlled by a smartphone or using a keypad 

Custom app

Custom app to experience the park 

Smart irrigation

Data will be used to carefully control watering of vegetation onsite and help reduce water usage

Lighting

Lights will be triggered by sensors meaning they will only be used when needed

Our partners

This collaborative project has brought together researchers, engineers, government agencies and the City of Canning.

Thanks to our partners:



The City has received $1.09 million funding from the Australian Government; $300,000 from Water Corporation; and $30,000 from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to assist in delivering Wharf Street Basin Next Generation Park.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will be in the park?

The Next Generation Park will be a place to relax, a habitat for wildlife and an education space to learn more about water. The City of Canning will also use the park to provide important data for things like the maintenance of bins and park lighting, timing irrigation to when the park trees actually need watering, stormwater information and public safety.

The park will have: 

  • An informal, interactive education space 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Green space to relax in 
  • Native plants and trees 
  • Solar power to provide power to the park and be used to charge devices 
  • A boardwalk and bridge to walk on and enjoy the natural environment 
  • Lights that are triggered by sensors meaning they will only be used when needed
  • A functioning storm water basin 
  • Public art 

Who is funding the project?

The City received $1.09 million funding from the Australian Government; $300,000 from Water Corporation; and $30,000 from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to assist in delivering Wharf Street Basin Next Generation Park.

When will the park be open to the public?

The park is expected to open later this year (2020).

Will there be parking on site?

There won’t be any parking on site. We encourage visitors to use sustainable transport options like public transport, bikes or walking to visit the park.

Who can use the park?

The park is open to residents and visitors to Cannington.

Do schools have to book to use the education spaces?

Yes. Schools will be able to book the outdoor educational space through the Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC). CREEC’s booking facility for the site will be available closer to the opening date of the park.

What hours will the park be open?

The park will be open 24/7.

Will dogs be allowed in the park?

Dogs will be allowed and will need to be on a lead.

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