Major works are nearing completion in Kings Park and Botanic Garden for the Fraser Avenue Ceremonial Walk project.
The objectives of the project are to enhance the dignity of the State War Memorial precinct and to improve public safety in the busy tourism hub on Fraser Avenue.
A flyer that provides an overview of this project can be downloaded here:
During the works there will be some unavoidable disruption to pedestrian and vehicle access, with temporary alternative access clearly marked with on site signage and traffic management as required. All visitors are requested to observe temporary traffic signs in the area.
The timing and nature of specific changes are not yet confirmed, however this website will be updated to inform the community of significant changes that may impact upon operations within Kings Park as soon as the information becomes available.
The following outcomes will be achieved by the completion of the project:
Creation of a dedicated pedestrian zone between the main carpark and the State War Memorial, with termination of Fraser Avenue near the Floral Clock in a new roundabout and the removal of the section of Fraser Avenue that extends from this point to the Lord Forrest roundabout.
Diversion of all through traffic along an upgraded route to the rear of the restaurant complex and construction of a new roundabout on May Drive.
Revised access into the main carpark for all vehicles via May Drive and construction of a new bus and charter vehicle carpark off May Drive, west of the Mount Eliza Reservoir.
New public toilets adjacent to the main carpark to significantly improve capacity and meet increasing visitor demand.
Reconfiguration of the Forrest carpark to incorporate a turnaround and new lighting on the eastern end of Lovekin Drive.
Construction will be conducted in two stages to minimise disruption to vehicle and pedestrian access and to the continued operation of businesses within the precinct. The construction period is estimated to be completed by April 2010.
Due to the nature of the works, there will be some inconvenience such as noise and heavy vehicle movement associated with major roadworks. There will also be some unavoidable changes to traffic and pedestrian movement within the precinct, which will be managed with professional traffic management, signage, printed information distribution and ongoing communication to key stakeholders.
Careful consideration has been given in the design process to minimise the removal of significant trees during this upgrade. The improvement of public safety and access along with the general enhancement of the precinct means major changes to the existing site are unavoidable. As a result some trees, most of which were non-local trees and many with structural defects, or were unhealthy or dying, have been removed.
Over 500 Western Australian Native trees and 4,600 shrubs will be planted by mid 2010 to supplement the ongoing park-wide tree refurbishment program that has resulted in over 1500 trees being planted since 2008. One significant tree which had to be removed was one of the original Centennial plantings of Red-flowering Gum trees along Fraser Avenue. As part of the careful planning for the project, it was decided to transplant this tree to another site near the entry of Kings Park. Read more...
Thank you for your understanding and patience as these major improvements to the Fraser Avenue and State War Memorial precincts are undertaken.
For further specific enquiries on this project, please contact the Customer Service Officer.