New designs including a large rockpool and 'sky scramble' have been announced for an exciting new development in Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park.
Work will begin on the $3 million 'stage 2' development from 1 February 2017. The project is funded by Rio Tinto, which has been the major partner of the precinct since the concept was first proposed in 2008.
Visitors can expect a bigger creek and a new rockpool to paddle in, a 'sky scramble' (aerial walkway) almost 7 metres high and 25 metres long, a rocky scarp and hidden tunnel, more climbing and balancing features, a new cubby-building zone and more shade and shelter.
Junior Naturescapers Lara (aged 12) and Hugh (aged 11) made the announcement with Environment Minister Albert Jacob and Ms Zara Fisher, Rio Tinto's Vice President of Health, Safety and Environment on 11 January at Paperbark Creek.
'It will be really fun to have more water to paddle in and rocks to climb', Lara said. 'I want to be the first to find the hidden tunnel too.'
'There are going to be more upside-down trees with ropes and nets to climb.'
Minister Jacob said enabling children to gain an appreciation of the great outdoors by getting wet and muddy is a valuable part of their well-being and development, and critically important for the future conservation of our environment.
'Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park has established itself as a world leader in connecting children with nature since it first opened in 2011. These exciting new additions will bring even more fun and learning to this unique space', he said.
New outdoor teaching facilities will also improve access for schools. Demand for education programs has tripled to 24,000 participants per year since Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park became the new home of Kings Park Education in 2012.
Rio Tinto is providing around $9 million over 12 years to Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park, making it one of its largest and longest community partnerships in Western Australia.
The plans are the work of Plan E landscape architects, who were also responsible for designing the award-winning first phase of the project. Widespread community consultation with children, parents, schools and a range of experts helped to develop the design brief.
The site will close from 1 February 2017 and re-open by early 2018. Kings Park Education programs will continue to operate in alternate venues around the park in 2017.
You may like to view the concept design video for the new sky scramble on our YouTube channel or download an information sheet on project: Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park Stage 2 plans3.34 MB