TWO more sleeps and the wait for the much-anticipated opening of Kwinana’s brand new adventure park will be over.
It features 11,000sq m of play space under a canopy of natural bushland in Calista, the City’s second oldest suburb.
On Tuesday Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams, council staff and project managers gave media representatives a sneak peak at some of the park’s delightful treasures, including a stroll along the wheelchair accessible tree walk, already dubbed the Ewok Village.
“It’s an outstanding project and it’s something that the community has been waiting for with bated breath,” she said.
More than 2000 people are expected to converge on the park on Sunday, in part tempted by 2000 free ice creams and 500 coffee vouchers from 11am.
“I think it is going to be a very busy day,” Cr Adams said.
She said no other playground in WA offered so many varied play opportunities in one facility.
Cr Adams hoped the $5.2 million park would become a major regional attraction and instil some pride in the area.
“Kwinana has had a lot of challenges in the past,” she said.
She said the council had put a lot of time, effort and resources into changing the image of Kwinana, mainly for people who live outside the City.
“A project such as this is of regional significance,” she said.
“This is not just for little kids, it’s really inter-generational and that’s what makes this so exciting for us,” she said.
Cr Adams thanked everyone involved in making the park a reality since it was first suggested as a project by the Kwinana Rotary Club in 2011.
Josh Byrne and Associates manager Morgan Gillham said the project, which took nine months to build, had been a two-year labour of love for him, from the design phase right to the completion of construction last week.
Mr Gillham said community consultation had been an essential component of the project.
He said all the paths were fully compliant with Australian Standards for access and mobility.
The layout had been designed with careful consideration for a wide range of access and mobility requirements.