Plans for Midland Oval

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Midland Oval — or the Midland Junction Recreation Ground, as it was originally known — was a sporting hub for the region for most of the last century.

Sports including football, cricket, soccer, cycling, athletics and lawn bowls, and even trotting and log chopping, have used it at various times since its opening in 1901.

“The grounds are in the centre of the town and are enclosed by a six-foot fence,” The West Australian reported in October 1901.

“In addition, a new concrete pitch has been put down where first-rate junior cricket matches are played.”

But as the various sports began to drift away from the oval in the 1980s and 1990s, it has been left as a seldom used piece of vacant land with no shade, no shelter and no facilities.

Redevelopment schemes date back to the late 1960s. The latest proposal has its roots in the 1990s and, since then, there have been a number of incarnations.

Now known as the New Junction project, the current plan is to create a mixed-use precinct involving residential, commercial, retail and civic uses, alongside a series of public open spaces.

It is designed to accommodate 4000 workers and up to 2000 residents in several buildings up to 10 storeys high.

Two of the planned open spaces have been tagged Residential Park and Juniper Link. There will also be a piazza.

In a recent newspaper article, City of Swan chief executive Mike Foley said Residential Park would be a green, landscaped space with areas for relaxation and play.

Juniper Link would include climbing walls, seating areas and play equipment for all ages.

The Midland Piazza would feature artwork and a large event stage that could accommodate concerts for up to 1000 people.

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