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Published October 13th 2016
Brand new adventure park, it has to be on your 'to do' list
You know the saying that you can't please all the children all of the time, (particularly if you have children of different ages)? Well you can now! There is a brand new adventure park in Kwinana that will please all types and ages of children. It's not just another playground, it's a 'destination park' where you can go for the whole day. Let me explain.
This wonderful space was just an idea in 2012, the vision of the Rotary Club, and it finally opens to the public after much anticipation on Sunday 16th October 2016.
The enormous space (11,000 square metres) is broken up into different zones and the whole space is fully enclosed with a perimeter fence and has 3 entry points, all double gated for extra safety. It is also a managed facility with staff on site.
The best splash pad I have seen with rain curtains, waterfalls, tons of jumping spouts, fountains and two big pelicans where the children can turn a wheel to fill their beaks up with water. As their beaks fill up, the pelicans tip forward until the water spills out, rather like the water buckets at other water parks, but more fun as they are pelicans! There are showers at either end of the splash pad to encourage children to shower before and after going in the water to keep hygiene standards high. There is a shower for wheelchair users too in the toilet block adjacent to the splash pad. This whole area is covered with shade sails.
A designated zone with the entire area covered in deep sand, with diggers, play tables, conveyor belt, bucket and pulley, double slide off the play deck, climbing net, logs to climb on and stilts to negotiate, plus water play with hand pumps, dams, weirs and a creek.
This is the biggest zone with so much that I am sure you will go back several times and see something new each time you go! It is set within the trees so has a good amount of shade and the walkways are wide enough for wheelchairs. There is an assortment of slides, a super cool net tunnel, a clatter bridge, rocker/balance bridge, climbing walls, cubby houses, musical instruments dotted about, grass walls to touch, windows to look through, balance logs and rocks. There are even yellow buttons on some of the walkways which sound bells when trod on them! Then you look underneath the walkways and find a thousand things going on underneath too! There are monkey bars, stepping pommels, seats, rope mazes to name just a
The whole area is surrounded with a wide, paved 'ring road' so scooters etc and wheelchairs can use the path. There are handrails along some of the pathways too.
There are seats and tables dotted around along with drink fountains and BBQ stations. There are several rubbish bins throughout, all double bins so you can separate recycling from your 'normal' rubbish.
The toilets are located in a block by the splash pad and include a parent room and disabled cubical with shower.
The adventure park has been built sympathetic to the environment with lots of fallen tree trunks to climb/sit on, natural shade from the trees and native planting. Tree preservation was paramount throughout the construction of the park and a tree management program will remain in place as part of the management of the facility.
As you walk around, you will see artwork in many different forms all around you, from aboriginal carvings on posts to carvings on some wooden structures, big, metal sculptures and artwork hanging from trees. Some were still to be added when we were there.
What puts this venue in another league in my opinion, is the area by the splash pad called The Patio. You can hire The Patio for parties and occasions. It is shaded, has lighting, 2 big long tables with bench seating and then another table which you could use as a servery for your party food. There are two wheelchair friendly BBQs too, plus a kitchen behind a lockable roller door! The kitchen has a kettle, sink, fridge freezer, microwave and workbench space! The key is made available when you have hired The Patio and you can unlock this wonderful kitchen which will keep your cold food cold, your frozen food frozen, make copious cups of tea/coffee and warm food up in the microwave making sure your party will be just perfect! Hire rates are $12.00 an hour with a minimum of 3 hours, so really affordable! Click here to book your next party/gathering!
The wonderful kitchen at The Patio that is available to hire
It didn't look to me like the car park is going to be big enough for what I think is going to be a very popular destination park, but there is street parking available around the western edge of Calista Oval on Walgreen Crescent. No parking on verges or footpaths of course. Overflow parking is also available throughout the city centre; only a two-minute walk from the adventure park.
The park is also well serviced by public transport, with buses 540, 541 and 549 stopping nearby. Please visit the Transperth website for timetables. There are also ample bike racks available at the entrances to the park. There are also two bus/coach bays for disabled parking as well as four disabled car parking bays in the main north entry car park.
There are a few places throughout the park to throw a picnic rug down but to avoid sitting on top of other people, you may need to put your rug and chairs on the oval when it's busy. There are several fast food outlets opposite too if you plan to stay a while and didn't want to take a picnic. Dogs are welcome on a leash on the oval, but not in the adventure park.
I believe people will travel a fair distance to spend the day at this amazing new adventure park, as it is well worth a visit. My 9 year old daughter's words were 'they have been so creative and careful building this brilliant park!' She was more than happy to spend the whole day here, as my 13 year old would be too, as there really is something for all ages.