Buildings that Breathe
Queensland | Urban
City of Fremantle was guided by the Youth Plan Strategic to develop and maintain existing youth friendly spaces and explore opportunities to improve the Esplanade as a youth friendly space. The EYP has been central in the beautification of the Reserve, offering comfortable resting areas for all visitors, encouraging pedestrian traffic, and therefore, optimising the safety and utility of the park. The EYP is actively participating in making Fremantle a destination place.
The location was an essential criterion for Council; the land is owned by the Department of Regional Development and Lands, and is vested to the City for management. Interest was expressed in 2009 to consider the Esplanade Reserve as a site for a youth area. Around 40 submissions were received at the time, asking for a skate park to be developed at the Woolstores site which was set to be demolished. No budget was available, and several concerns from some residents meant that the project never took shape.
As the site in the corner of the Esplanade Reserve remained under-utilised and isolated it became an unsafe environment for families until selected as the location for development in 2012. The central location of the site, the proximity to existing amenities, public transport, as well as the City’s infrastructure supporting alternative modes of transport have helped to maintain a constant and high level of activation and sense of place in the area. The EYP contributes to the vibrancy associated with Fremantle as a destination.
Consultation with key stakeholders was central to the design of the EYP to ensure maximum ownership by the community. The EYP has been able to cater for a large cohort of young people, while integrating with the flow of existing foot-traffic on the Esplanade Reserve. Diversity and inclusion were driving factors in determining the type of outdoor play spaces offered at EYP.
Free climbing and parkour have been strong components of the program on offer, complementing the well-established stake park. Costumed decorated ping-pong tables, slacklining and rock-climbing facilities further extend inclusiveness of the facility. The park additionally features a stage area for events and youth music concerts, as well as adequate green spaces and seating. A sense of place has been reinforced through the inclusion of a marine buoy, which has been incorporated into the bowl design of the park to acknowledge Fremantle’s Maritime history.
August - September 2012
April – June 2013
July – September 2013
October – April 2014
Total development and construction cost - $1.6 Million ($600,000 received from grant funding).