- Rio Tinto commits $3m for more adventure in Naturescape at Kings Park
More children will be able to connect with nature thanks to a $3 million expansion of Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said children would enjoy new features including a bigger creek and rock pool, an aerial walkway almost seven metres high, a hidden tunnel, more climbing and balancing features, and a new cubby zone.
"This is an important project because it enables children to appreciate the outdoors by getting wet and muddy, climbing ropes and rocks, and building cubbies in a natural setting," Mr Jacob said.
"Unstructured time spent outdoors in nature is a critical part of a healthy childhood and a valuable part of a child's learning and development. It's also important for the future conservation of our environment.
"In our increasingly urbanised and structured lives, having fun in the natural environment, away from computer screens and our busy schedules, is good for all of us.
"Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park has established itself as a world leader in connecting children with nature since it opened in 2011. These exciting new additions will bring even more opportunities to explore and learn in this unique space.
"We are fortunate that we have this park to give children a sense of immersion in the bush in the heart of our city."
The expansion also includes new outdoor teaching facilities. Demand for education programs has tripled to 24,000 participants per year since Rio Tinto Naturescape became the new home of Kings Park Education in 2012.
The site will close from February 1, 2017 while work is underway and is expected to re-open by early 2018.
The project is fully funded by Rio Tinto, which has been a strong supporter of the facility since 2008.
- Rio Tinto is providing $9 million over 12 years for this facility
- Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park attracts 80,000 visitors per year
- Kings Park education programs will continue in alternative venues around the park in 2017
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