The much-loved Jarrah Log has been relocated as part of an upgrade to the Saw Avenue Picnic Area in Kings Park.
The Saw Avenue Picnic Area in Kings Park is being upgraded with the assistance of funding from Variety the Children's Charity of Western Australia to provide improved community facilities, access for all pathways and a nature based adventure play area in parkland on the western side of Saw Avenue.
'This is a great opportunity to replace the existing ageing facilities and improve access through the area, without changing the current informal and relaxed atmosphere of the picnic area', Mark Webb, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority CEO said.
It will incorporate some unique artworks in the form of picnic furniture and play elements created from recycled timber by local woodcarving artist, Nic Compton, with a community and natural environment theme.
As part of the upgrade, a large Jarrah Log located in this precinct, close to the intersection of May Drive and Saw Avenue, has been relocated into the adventure play area. This Jarrah Log was brought to Kings Park from Dwellingup in 1978 to highlight the part that Jarrah played in the early colony's economy, and this story will be told in new interpretive signage in the precinct.
'We wanted to provide greater opportunity for visitors to access and interact with the Jarrah Log and at the same time, open up the expansive views into the parkland for passing visitors', Mr Webb said.
Upgrade works completed to date include the conversion of a former amenities block to a new pavilion, named the Variety Pavilion in recognition of the support from Variety WA. New pedestrian pathways will provide access for all through the area and new electric barbecues will replace the former wood fired facilities. It is anticipated that works will be complete by May 2009.
'The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority appreciates the generous support from Variety WA for these improvements that will be enjoyed by the community for many years to come', Mr Webb said.