Manjimup Heritage Park has been named Park of the Year in the WA Parks and Leisure Australia Regional Awards of Excellence.
The award celebrates and promotes vibrant, successful, well-designed and managed, new or significantly revitalised parks and open spaces.
The transformation of the Manjimup Heritage Park began in 2013, when the project received $2.94m through SuperTowns and $140,000 for the installation of the playground, followed by the 17m high slide in 2016.
Further upgrades were announced as stage two of the Manjimup Town Centre Revitalisation Project in 2016 and included a new entry point and cafe building, State Timber Museum refurbishment, PowerUp Museum construction and the Sandra Donovan Sound Shell.
Stage two received a total of $11.2 million for the various upgrades.
Manjimup shire president Paul Omodei said shire councillors and staff were thrilled with the award.
“The success of the Heritage Park transformation has been a culmination of years of foresight, planning, lobbying, collaboration and detailed project management,” he said.
“I am honoured to have accepted the award along with our CEO and director of community services.
“However, this was a considerable team effort with numerous staff, volunteers, consultants and contractors contributing to an exceptional multi-use facility and a totally re-energised entry to the shire from the north.”
Cr Omodei said it was pleasing to see the shire’s efforts in bringing the facility to the region had been recognised.
“The shire continues its strong track record of delivering infrastructure projects and I also congratulate the project manager Jessica Winters for a job well done,” he said.