Council welcomes green haven for city centre
21 Sep 2018
A shady green public space that connects the Red Earth Arts Precinct with the city centre is one step closer following the completion of a detailed concept design.
The City of Karratha will call for tenders next month for the construction of Welcome Park after Council endorsed the scope of works last week.
The $2.3 million project will transform the vacant lot on the corner of Welcome Road and Sharpe Avenue into a peaceful place to rest.
The development aims to provide a landscaped link between the arts and culture precinct and the city centre so residents and visitors can stroll from the library or cinema to the shops and cafes, restaurants and bars.
City of Karratha 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,” Cr Long 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 includes long-vehicle parking at the rear of the shopping centre and a pedestrian footbridge to link the new car park 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,” Cr Long said.
“Sites have also been identified for sculptural artworks to promote public artworks by local artists and groups.”