The much-loved Kings Park DNA Tower has reopened to the public after undergoing its first full refurbishment in 50 years.
The tower was commissioned in 1966 by Dr John Beard (Director of Kings Park and Botanic Garden 1961-1970). It is the highest viewing point in Kings Park and derives its name from the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) double-helix molecule.
A detailed inspection of the tower was undertaken by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority in 2020 to document the extent of repairs required from the general wear and tear caused by significant visitor traffic.
BGPA Executive Director Alan Barrett said the DNA Tower was an iconic landmark in Kings Park.
‘Many local and international visitors have important memories associated with their time at the DNA Tower over the last 55 years,’ he said.
‘From school cross-country events to marriage proposals, it is a special place for all of us.
‘This comprehensive refurbishment will make sure that the tower can be enjoyed for years to come, and we thank everyone for their patience over this closure period.’
The structure was sandblasted to remove paint and corrosion to enable a detailed inspection of welds and steel elements. No safety issues were identified but areas of corrosion and weld fatigue were repaired.
The sandblasting revealed that the historical paint coat was an off-white treatment, which has been carefully replicated in the repainting. Consistent rainfall, humidity, severe weather events and the complexity of the structure caused delays to the project.
Make sure to check out the refurbished DNA Tower on your next visit to Kings Park and Botanic Garden!