Baldivis: new $1m train-inspired park opening this weekend

Photo of the tower and slide taking shape by Plan E.
Photo of the tower and slide taking shape by Plan E.

UPDATE:  The official opening of the Millars Landing Steamrail Adventure Playground in Baldivis is on Sunday from 2pm to 4.30pm.

To celebrate the opening of a $1m train-inspired park at Millars Landing Estate, there will be live music, 100 free ice creams and a community sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation.

MORE: a new ‘Monster’s World’ playground has opened in Baldivis.

A time capsule will also be buried and there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The park on Heartwood Boulevard features two flying foxes, swings and a 12m slide.

A life-size train is being constructed. Photo by Plan E.

The playground was built by developer Cedar Woods.

Children will be transported back into an era of steam trains in celebration of the area’s rich association with trains and timber milling.

Plan E Associate Landscape Architect Jo Olive, who helped design the unique addition to Baldivis, said the playground drew inspiration from the story of Millars Landing and its history.

Photo by Plan E.

“The two main features of the playground are a tall tower reminiscent of an old steam train water stop tower, and a large train climbing structure with opportunities for imaginative play,” Ms Olive said.

“Picnic facilities under bespoke shade structures and large trees overlook the central play space and adjacent kick about turf areas.”

“Other materials within the play space – such as robust timber furniture, railway sleepers and steel -reinforce the railway theme and heritage of the site. The large playground has a variety of other play items suitable for all ages and abilities, providing opportunities of enjoyment for the whole community.”

An artist’s impression of the playground.

Cedar Woods State manager Ben Rosser said they were delighted to offer such a distinctive playground for Baldivis families, which celebrated the connection of Baldivis to its history.

“Millars Landing takes its name from the historic 1920’s tramway reserve that was planned to transport milled timber from the area to Rockingham and Fremantle for the Millars Timber & Co Trading Company,” Mr Rosser said.

“We are proud to be connected to the rich heritage of Baldivis.

“This playground will bring families together and help connect them to their neighbourhood through showcasing its history.”

For more information go to Millars Landing.