Ren­o­va­tions to im­prove on Na­turescape

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

THE Na­turescape in Kings Park will un­dergo a $3 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion this sum­mer.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob said that when Na­turescape re­opened, chil­dren would en­joy new fea­tures like a big­ger creek and rock pool, an aerial walk­way, a hid­den tun­nel, more climb­ing and bal­anc­ing fea­tures, and a new cubby zone.

“This is an im­por­tant project be­cause it en­ables chil­dren to ap­pre­ci­ate the out­doors by get­ting wet and muddy, climb­ing ropes and rocks, and build­ing cub­bies in a nat­u­ral set­ting,” he said. “Un­struc­tured time spent out­doors in na­ture is a crit­i­cal part of a healthy child­hood and a valu­able part of a child’s learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment.”

The site will be closed from Fe­bru­ary 1 and is ex­pected to re­open by early 2018.

A com­pre­hen­sive com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion process sought the ideas and feed­back of chil­dren, par­ents, teach­ers and other rel­e­vant pro­fes­sion­als.

An in­ter­nal review of the suc­cesses and chal­lenges of the project so far was also un­der­taken.

This in­for­ma­tion was used to cre­ate a de­sign brief for lo­cal land­scape ar­chi­tects to cre­ate the new de­sign.

The Sky Scram­ble will be clad with re­cy­cled jar­rah and steel mesh.

The rock pool is an ar­ti­fi­cial water body that will be sur­rounded by gran­ite rocks, which have been sourced from al­ready cleared farm­land.

The rocky scarp will be con­structed us­ing corten steel and more gran­ite.

Ju­nior Na­turesca­pers Hugh Mad­dern (11) and Lara Sivwright (12) un­veiled the new de­signs for Na­turescape with En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob and Rio Tinto's Zara Fisher.

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