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21/06/2017 12:00 a.m.
21 June 2017
The City of Kwinana was well represented at the Parks and Leisure Australia (WA) Awards of Excellence 2017, receiving three major awards for the Kwinana Adventure Park. The Awards recognise the highest calibre parks and playgrounds across the state with a focus on parks providing significant benefit to the local community.
The Kwinana Adventure Park was named:
Cr Wendy Cooper accepted the awards on behalf of the City on Friday evening in front of a crowd of 160 industry representatives from WA local governments, State government, universities, and commercial organisations. The high level of accessibility and sustainability as well as the social benefits the Adventure Park has provided were highlighted.
Mayor Carol Adams said the City was immensely proud to be home to the state’s best Park.
“The Adventure Park is undoubtedly the most popular family destination in Kwinana, and it seems the rest of WA agrees.” said Mayor Adams
“We have worked hard over the past several years to really put Kwinana ‘on the map’, create something unique to our City and winning these awards is yet another encouraging mark of success. Our $5.2m Adventure Park has become a major drawcard for Kwinana, attracting people from far and wide to experience all that our wonderful City has to offer. We are immensely proud of our Adventure Park and great team of staff and individuals who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this unique place possible for our community to enjoy.” said Mayor Adams.
The state-of-the-art Kwinana Adventure Park is one of the largest universally accessible play spaces in Western Australia. Featuring over a hectare of fully-fenced play space, the Park is set under a canopy of towering trees in Kwinana’s City Centre.
The 2017 Community Program of the Year Award was received for the Adventure Park Art Program, a significant community art project that involved local Aboriginal youth working under the guidance of professional artists and Aboriginal elders. The Program helped young people connect with their heritage through traditional art. The cultural seating and timber posts designed and created by this group now stand proudly at the Adventure Park to be enjoyed by future generations.
The 2017 Park of the Year and 2017 Playspace of the Year Awards recognised the Park’s unique attractions including the splash pad, tree maze, double flying fox, sand factory and junior play area.
The environmental sustainability of the project was also commended, including the use of solar panels, water sensitive urban design, recycled timbers and the retention of 98% off all trees on site.
2017 Playspace Award presented by City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright to City of Kwinana Councillor Wendy Cooper and Morgan Gillham of Josh Byrne and Associates.
City of Kwinana Arts Officer Arif Satar, Manager Engineering Services Reza Najafzadeh, Landscape Architect Dana Eidsvold, Project Officer Alexi Peacock and Mayor Carol Adams celebrate the Awards at the Kwinana Adventure Park.