Renovations to improve on Naturescape
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.