Improvements to Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park and a new botanic staircase are two of the enhancements planned for Kings Park in the next five years.
The Kings Park and Botanic Garden Management Plan 2014 - 2019 guides the management of Kings Park over a five year period, consistent with requirements under the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Act 1998.
In addition to ongoing management strategies, this plan identifies several new development projects including a botanic staircase in the Western Australian Botanic Garden and a new community pavilion overlooking the Mt Eliza Escarpment and Swan River.
Other planned projects include the second stage development of Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park, an upgrade to the nursery/works depot and a new seed research laboratory.
'We have engaged in wide consultation with stakeholders to develop this plan, including a two month public submission period. The community has demonstrated its support for the plan, which has been endorsed by our Board of Management and approved by the Minister for Environment', Board Chairman Richard Simpson said.
The plan provides a description of the major park precincts, a summary of achievements over the past five years, an outline of the strategic direction for each precinct and the management priorities for the next five years.
'A key strategy is the ongoing conservation and enhancement of the Kings Park bushland through a long term program of ecological restoration activities, underpinned by scientific research outcomes', Mr Simpson said. 'The plan also provides for a diverse range of visitor interests and their safety.'
Other strategies include improvements to visitor facilities, a range of risk management activities to enhance visitor safety and asset protection, and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Western Australian Botanic Garden in 2015.
'The plan acknowledges the significance of Kings Park as an iconic community asset and aims to ensure the ongoing protection of Kings Park and its inherent values for current and future generations to enjoy', said Mr Simpson.