Promenade and Mends Street River Wall officially opened
The $3.9 million Promenade and Wall projects commenced in August 2014. Together with Member for South Perth John McGrath MLA, the City lobbied the State Government for recognition of the importance of the river wall replacement work and the critical need for funding to maintain this iconic part of the South Perth foreshore. The Swan River Trust contribution of $1 million was most welcomed by the City.
The first stage of the project was completed late last year. This included replacing the existing dilapidated river wall with a limestone block wall, curved to the river side to mitigate foreshore erosion and predicted sea level rise.
The Promenade project included the installation of new seating and LED lighting with replacement of the surrounding turf. The footpath, now at over five metres wide, provides a safe pedestrian environment and generous area for groups of people to promenade along the foreshore.
Mayor Sue Doherty said, “A permanent new piece of public art by artist Amanda Shelsher further adds to the beauty of the foreshore. Modelled on three swan feathers and cast in bronze, the artwork which was installed last week draws inspiration from the rich history and natural landscape of the South Perth foreshore.”
“The space has changed markedly, it is both vibrant and welcoming for those visiting the City’s picturesque riverside parks and beaches. Areas have been constructed to allow people to sit and enjoy uninterrupted views of the Perth city skyline.”
New areas include:
• Seating: Along the promenade there are a number of custom built seats constructed using contemporary timber and red steel.
• Breakout Space: To the east of the Mends Street jetty is the ‘Breakout Space’ with additional decking and seating made up of custom formwork timber and concreting. This area is less structured, with the decking over the river wall offering a large viewing platform which overlooks the Swan River and Perth city.
• Western Gateway: Located at the western end abutting the Mends Street beach, the ‘Western Gateway’ provides universal access entry to a timber deck, sitting 1.7m over the river wall, with custom formwork timber and concrete seating for single and group use.
As a major arrival point for many visitors to South Perth, the Mends Street Node links the ferry terminal to Mends Street, the Perth Zoo and beyond. Over the summer months the site had already proved to be a very popular attraction for residents and visitors to the City, particularly during the evening.
The Promenade and Wall projects are part of the Node 1 – Mends Street Piazza and Promenade in the South Perth Foreshore (SPF) Strategy and Management Plan, which prioritises ten foreshore Nodes and lists strategies for the future of this precious foreshore reserve.
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