Mills Park in Gosnells, Australia, is a regional sports park and recreational open space accessible to the local community.
Cardno was engaged by the City of Gosnells to develop a master plan to improve the park’s usability and aesthetic appeal by enhancing facilities and revegetating a stream channel and wetlands.
Our team worked closely with the City to understand the brief and develop creative design solutions to meet it. We redesigned sporting and community areas, which included play spaces, a skate/BMX park, picnic areas, soccer fields, tennis courts, and t-ball diamonds.
We used hydro zoning, endemic plant species and new synthetic turf fields in our design, which subsequently resulted in a 70 per cent reduction in irrigation requirements by reducing the irrigation area from to 9ha of the 28.5ha site.
Our design also created wide land bridges crossing two brooks that dissected the park, which provided better pedestrian access and created visual links.
Enhancement and revegetation of the brook’s channels to improve the ecology and natural amenity of the wetlands was also an important component of the design.
The activity and visitation rates have exceeded the City’s expectations as the community enjoys the new features of a revitalised Mills Park. The Mills Park Centre has set a new benchmark in public facility provision having been awarded Australia’s first Six Star Green Star Rating for both design and construction. Considered Worlds Best Practice, the facility has been visited by professionals from all over Australia and has hosted international experts in sustainability.