Burswood: new GO Edwards Park nature playground open


Perth Individual Montessori College students were the first to enjoy GO Edwards Park newly complete nature playground. Picture: Bronwyn Donovan
Perth Individual Montessori College students were the first to enjoy GO Edwards Park newly complete nature playground. Picture: Bronwyn Donovan

A NATURE-based playground complete with a kraken climbing frame has been opened at GO Edwards Park in Burswood.

Costing $650 000, the interactive space formed the first stage of a $3.5 million redevelopment plan for the park, created in 1978 under the supervision of City of Perth town clerk George Oswald “Ossie” Edwards.

Stage 1 works also included water sensitive urban design, bird hides and a new path network linking Burswood Peninsula and Victoria Park.

Mr Edwards’ son Terry attended the official opening today.

He said he wished his father was still alive to see the development as he knew it would have pleased him greatly.

“Ossie always worked very hard to create these sorts of sanctuaries for wildlife and people to enjoy,” he said.

“He passed away at 97 years old but I’m sure he would have held on to see this development completed if he could have.”

Town of Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the improvements had been in the pipeline since 2011 and were the result of a collaboration between the council and local community groups.

“A significant amount of our community’s rates is being spent on this project so it is great to see children enjoying the new playground and making use of this beautiful space,” he said.

The second and third stages of the park redevelopment are in the design phase and will be undertaken in the 2018-19 financial year.

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