It was another very busy year in Kings Park and Bold Park, with a near-record 6.3 million visitors coming from all around the world to enjoy our expansive parklands, natural bushland and world-class Botanic Garden.
The latest Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority annual report is now available online. In this report, you will gain insight into our major projects, activities, outcomes, performance measures for the 2016 - 17 reporting year.
It has been a year of significant projects and events, with Stage 2 of Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park progressing well and the WA Botanic Garden entry statement finalised with the installation of the words ‘Western Australian Botanic Garden' at the main entry point.
The 2016 Kings Park Festival was a great success with more than half a million people attending the park across September. Kings Park played host to the Perth International Arts Festival's opening event – 'Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak' – in February 2017, which attracted more than 100,000 people across three spectacular nights.
Throughout the year, the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) continued its outstanding ongoing work in scientific research, horticultural management and displays and bushland restoration work in both Bold Park and Kings Park.
Visitors to Kings Park reported a 98 per cent satisfaction rating and Bold Park achieved a 100 per cent visitor satisfaction rating in the past year.
At a glance
A total of 6.3 million visitors came to Kings Park in the 2016 - 17 year, including:
- an estimated 530,000 visitors came to the 2016 Kings Park Festival
- almost 30,000 visitors attended booked social functions such as weddings
- about 40,000 visitors attended the 2017 ANZAC Day Dawn Service
- over 80,000 visitors attended a concert or cinema event during the Summer Events season from November 2016 to April 2017
- nearly 10,000 visitors attended a variety of community events such as the City to Surf and HBF Run for a Reason
- almost 10,000 visitors went on a guided walk with a Kings Park Volunteer Guide.
Major events and projects
An exciting highlight was the February 2017 opening event of the Perth International Arts Festival – 'Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak'. Kings Park was magically transformed into a cathedral of light, sound and imagery. The visually mesmerising event exploring the inter-connectedness of all life and highlighted the beauty and fragility of WA's South West – from bushfires and rainstorms to flocks of birds, frolicking fish, playful animals and blooming wildflowers.
A significant tree planting was undertaken by renowned primatologist and environmental advocate Dr Jane Goodall. Dr Goodall planted a rare Eucalypt hybrid at Saw Avenue Picnic Area.
WA Seed Technology Centre
Seed collecting throughout Western Australia continued to support specific seed conservation programs in Kings Park. During the year, a total of 37 days were spent in the field with collecting trips yielding 121 collections of seed, which were subsequently processed, documented and placed in storage for future use and conservation.
Aspects of Kings Park
2016 - 17 was a successful year for Aspects of Kings Park, with sales contributing 12% of BGPA's total gross revenue. September 2016 was a particularly successful month with record sales achieved in conjunction with the annual Kings Park Festival. Aspects' new online shop now has nearly 1,000 products and is a growing sales tool.
Kings Park Education
Plans for Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park Stage 2 were finalised and construction began in early 2017. The precinct is on-track to reopen in December 2017.
The Kings Park Education team received nearly 1,000 bookings and presented programs to a staggering 29,892 students, teachers and parents during the year. These numbers are expected to increase in 2017 - 18 with the reopening of Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park.
Our passionate and dedicated volunteer groups contributed more than 38,000 hours of service in Kings Park and Bold Park. The Kings Park Volunteer Guides led more than 8,800 visitors on a daily guided walk into the heart of the Western Australian Botanic Garden.
Major achievements throughout the year included a successful grant from Lotterywest for the 2017 Kings Park Festival as well as funding received via the Friends of Kings Park for a plant breeding program.
Download the BGPA Annual Report and review previous reports from the Publications and Reports section.