Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park is a destination ‘bush’ experience in the middle of the city of Perth. It is a place to connect with nature and appreciate the unique Western Australian environment. Children are encouraged to explore, climb rocks and ropes, wade through creeks, build cubbies and get dirty in an effort to bring back a level of challenge, adventure and connection to nature that is missing from many urban childhoods.

Naturescape have shared the following insights with Nature Play WA.

Naturescape welcome sign

Location
Kings Park

Date completed
October 2011

Discovery elements

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park features a running creek, log bridges, wetlands, climbing ropes, tree hides and other unique discovery zones.  These are connected by winding paths, boardwalks and bridges providing a maze-like feel to immerse children in the environment.

Covering 60,000 square metres, one-third of the site is a dedicated Education Zone with a series of ‘living classrooms’: a wetland, fire pit and bushland areas for tailored education programs.

It is a learning and discovery area for children to connect with nature and learn to appreciate Western Australia’s unique environment.

Cost
$10 million

Funding Source
Funded by a cross sector partnership between Rio Tinto, Lotterywest, Water Corporation and Perth Solar City in partnership with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and the Friends of Kings Park.

Consultation process
In-depth consultation with the community, educators, child development experts and many others.  UWA research on children and play spaces was conducted to inform the project.

Builder used
LD Total

Landscape designer used
Plan (E), who won state and national awards for the landscape design in 2012.

Insurance Issues
Kings Park has worked closely with government insurance agency Riskcover to manage risks.

Would you do anything differently next time?
No

Keys to success
Thoughtful design and planning, great project partners, wide consultation, sticking to the principles of the project and a little dose of courage! 

Contact
Rebecca Maddern
Kings Park Communications Coordinator
08 9480 3684

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