Young people will get the opportunity to revisit nature at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, afterthe Rio Tinto Naturescape was reopened following a 12-month renovation.
The upgrade of Stage 2 of the facility will give children the chance to explore the environment in the heart of Perth.
“This Stage 2 upgrade is a fantastic addition to what was already a unique area of Kings Park,” Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said.
“Since Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings park opened six years ago, it has led the way in shaping community attitudes about the value of connecting children with nature.”
The upgrade includes two aerial walkways named “The Python” and “The Bungarra”, a waterhole, a cubby-building area and a web of climbing ropes called “The Tangle”.
The precinct covers six hectares and is surrounded by Kings Park bushland.
Stage 2 development was completed by local businesses including Plan E landscape architects and MG Construction.
The $3 million project was supported by Rio Tinto, which was a major partner in the project since it was proposed in 2008.
Mr Dawson said it provided young people an opportunity to connect with nature.
“The aim of the park is to give children a hands-on experience of WA’s beautiful natural environment and inspire them to contribute to conservation,” he said.
He said it gave children a fun and healthy childhood while providing them the chance to learn about the environment.
“Opportunities to balance on logs, paddle in a creek, or climb on rocks are also an important part of a healthy childhood,” Mr Dawson said.
“This project is a good example of some of my priorities in action – environmental education, conservation, and universal accessibility for all children.”