Jacqui Freeman

Jacqui Freeman

Manager City Reserves, City of Albany

Jacqui Freeman is the Manager of City Reserves for the City of Albany. She has been in this role for nearly two years and was previously in the role of Developed Reserves Coordinator for 5 years. Coming from an environmental consultancy background, Jacqui was new to playgrounds and has taken to them like a duck to water, developing a passion for working with the community to provide great connected places and a diversity of experiences for all to enjoy. The development of an all abilities playground at Eyre Park earned the City the Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards in 2016.


Connecting Playspaces

The City of Albany is one of many regional centres with limited budget for play spaces, where the developments do not provide the kind of play spaces seen in the metropolitan areas, which can cost up to a few million each. Therefore the challenge is to create a range of diverse parks and experiences across the existing Public Open Space network and hierarchy of parks. This network provides a playground trail encouraging users to ride and walk between different parks also being part of community cycling activities and events. Working with the community has ensured the success of this network which host a range of activities including pump tracks, fitness equipment, theming and key features. A key example was working with the Friends of Emu Point installing the first fitness equipment for Albany where they took ownership of the project, undertook research and ensured the best outcome for their community.

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What our Delegates are Saying

"I'm going to seek new ideas and learn from experience of other projects to constantly improve the way we manage our parks and open space . I'm looking forward to learning more around Parks & Open Space, Healthy Active Play and Trees and Gardens"

Jacqui, Manager City Reserves, City of Albany (WA)

"I love to listen, learn, share and spend time with likeminded and inspirational colleagues who are transforming the world park by park, facility by facility, program by program. I am looking forward to seeing Kia Dowell and Katie Sarah. I love being inspired and challenged to make a difference and grow as a leader and contributor to our industry".

Carly, Team Leader Recreation Planning, City of Casey (VIC)

"It is important to keep abreast of latest industry trends, best practice case studies and the valuable networking opportunities. I am looking forward to hearing from Jack Kardys regarding the evolving role of parks - driving health, happiness and economic prosperity".

Matt, Manager Active Communities, City of Holdfast Bay

"I can't wait to meet new people and catch up with old friends at PLA2019. I haven't been to Perth for many years and I'm looking forward to seeing the beautiful parks"

Neil, Parks Planner, Parks Victoria

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