Green space to link precinct with city centre

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
The concept design for Welcome Park presented at Council Meeting.
Camera IconThe concept design for Welcome Park presented at Council Meeting.

Karratha is set to have more green space, with the concept designs for a shady public space that connects the Red Earth Arts Precinct with the city centre being completed.

The area will be known as Welcome Park and the City will call for tenders for the $2.3 million project next month, after councillors endorsed the scope of works last week.

The development will transform the vacant lot on the corner of Welcome Road and Sharpe Avenue into a peaceful place to rest.

City Mayor Peter Long said Welcome Park would provide an increased level of amenity to the community and visitors.

“This exciting project continues our efforts to activate the city centre and will offer a welcoming entry to Karratha,” he said.

“The design features a focus on shade, native vegetation and seating areas for quiet contemplation or picnics, which I hope the community will enjoy.”

The development aims to provide a link between REAP and the city centre so people can stroll from the cinema to the shops and cafes, restaurants and bars.

It will include long-vehicle parking at the rear of the shopping centre and a pedestrian footbridge to link the new carpark to Welcome Park.

“As well as a shady spot to enjoy your lunch, this park will be a place to learn about elements of our community’s unique story through interpretive signage,” Mr Long said.

“Sites have also been identified for sculptural artworks to promote public artworks by local artists and groups.”

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