The Federal Government has introduced COVID-19 restrictions including the closure of all playgrounds, skate parks, and outdoor fitness equipement. All City of Subiaco playgrounds are now closed. Public drinking fountains in parks have also been disabled to help slow the spread of the virus. Follow the City's COVID-19 updates here.
The City of Subiaco has a number of parks and reserves available for casual social use, based on a bond system which protects the condition of these spaces.
Passive parks and reserves are public open spaces and as such are under the care, control and management of the city. It is the city’s intention to make passive recreational areas available for use to the widest range of local community groups and individuals on an equitable basis.
Where an organised group wishes to reserve an area of passive recreational space for the purpose of holding a social event, the city provides the opportunity to do so.
Parks bookings are currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions. Follow the City's COVID-19 updates here.
A small group (generally less than thirty people) partaking in passive pursuits is considered a social gathering and falls outside the operational guidelines of the city’s Use of Passive Recreational Areas Policy.
A larger group of thirty or more people is considered to be an organised activity and will be subject to the operational guidelines of the policy.
For applications to be assessed and approved the following criteria need to be addressed:
- The application is to be made by the event organiser
- The application is to include the city's standard event booking form, fully completed and signed by the applicant
- Any permits necessary for the consumption of alcohol are to be forwarded with the park booking form
- An annotated map of the area to be used within the park is to be forwarded with the park booking form
- A risk assessment will be carried out to determine the appropriate bond amount to be charged
Applicants are required to pay the non-refundable booking fee and the fully refundable bond prior to the booking being confirmed in writing.
Following the event, a site assessment is carried out to ensure all conditions on the event permit have been complied with and the park or reserve has sustained no damage. When damage is sustained as a result of an event costs are deducted from the bond. When all conditions have been met the bond is refunded by cheque. For more information, see the city’s terms and conditions of use of parks and reserves.
Each individual application is subject to an administration fee and each event booked is subject to a fully refundable bond. The minimum park booking fee is $120 and the minimum bond amount is $400. The final park booking fee and bond amount are calculated using risk assessment criteria provided in the park booking form.
The city’s schedule of Fees and Charges for 2019/2020 can be downloaded here (PDF, 91KB).
The Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor (Liquor Licensing Division) is to be contacted by the applicant to ascertain whether a permit for the consumption of alcohol in public places is required. Copies of all relevant permits are required by the city prior to the application being processed. The selling of alcohol is not permitted on council reserves and parks.