Located on the western side of Kings Park and Botanic Garden and accessible via Saw Avenue, this much loved family area offers informal picnic and family recreation opportunities. The Saw Avenue Amphitheatre is the site of popular children's theatre during the Summer Events.

The Saw Avenue precinct has endured many changes over the last century. The Saw Avenue road alignment once formed part of the original 1870's bridle trail that led from Subiaco to the Crawley Baths; a public watering hole where generations of Western Australians learnt to swim. In 1945, Saw Avenue was named after Kings Park Board member William Allnut Saw, and in 1974, became the home of the Ernst Wittwer Playground built by Kings Park Horticulturist and Superintendent, Ernst Wittwer.

Thanks to the generous support of Variety the Children's Charity of WA, the precinct was refurbished in 2009 with modern community facilities and an innovative nature based play area was designed by local woodcarving artist, Nic Compton. The well-known Jarrah Log originally brought to Kings Park from Dwellingup in 1978 pays tribute to the significant role that jarrah played in the early colony's economy. The iconic log forms part of the adventure play area for future generations to enjoy.

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Map of Kings Park's Saw Avenue Picnic Area showing the location of venues and facilities