Kings Park and Botanic Garden is an important place of natural beauty and tranquillity, where people seek peace in its quiet places, share time and special events with family and friends or take the opportunity to reconnect with nature’s wonders.
The Place of Reflection is an elegant, accessible and inclusive community facility in the southern section of the Western Australian Botanic Garden where you can experience:
- the sense of entering a special place;
- a symbolic walk, alone or in company, along a path others have taken before; and
- pausing for reflection or quiet contemplation before gradually entering back into everyday life.
The purpose of the Place of Reflection is to provide a landmark location where all people who have suffered loss can seek understanding, peace, hope, healing and renewal.
Situated within the Place of Reflection, in the beautifully landscaped Roe Gardens, is the Marlee Pavilion. Overlooking the gardens and bushland of the Mt Eliza Escarpment, visitors can experience views of the Swan and Canning Rivers across to the hills of the Darling Scarp. The Marlee Pavilion is available for hire for small weddings and community groups.
The Place of Reflection was predominantly constructed from steel and includes decorative filigree screens that were also used to create the contemplation decks. All decking and timber lining in the Marlee Pavilion was made from recycled, seasoned jarrah. Landscape architects Plan E designed the space and have been globally recognised for their work on the project. The Place of Reflection's unique lighting installation designed by Engineering Technology Consultants (ETC) and Plan E, was recognised with an Award of Commendation in 2012.
Lotterywest's support for this project, through the Friends of Kings Park, was acknowledged by the Premier, the Hon. Colin Barnett. He recognised the long-lasting benefits this unique place will have in providing solace and healing for many in our community, befitting its position in the people's park - Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
The concept for the Place of Reflection was developed by a Consortium including the following organisations:
- Association for Services to Torture & Trauma Survivors (ASeTTS)
- Friends of Kings Park
- Healing Hearts Foundation (Rotary Club of Heirisson)
- SIDS and Kids WA
- Soroptimist International of South Perth
- The Compassionate Friends