Design unveiled for new Mandurah foreshore playground

An artist's impression of the completed tower. Image: Supplied.
An artist's impression of the completed tower. Image: Supplied.

Local children have designed a new playground about to be built on Mandurah's western foreshore.

Mayor Rhys William said it would include a tower so high that climbers could see over the top of the new Mandurah Traffic Bridge.

"We made sure it was weighted for adults.

"Although we're not encouraging adults to use it....maybe just a quick look," he told the Mail, laughing.

The new place space next to the Mandurah Skate Park has been inspired by a local Sheaok tree and is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

A 12-metre high play tower, with ramp access to three metres, and will take centre stage.

Also included will be a swing zone, climbing zone, sand and music play zones, balancing logs, spinning carousel and human hamster wheel.

"It will be a place for people to gather, celebrate and explore in the beauty of Mandurah's western foreshore," Mayor Williams said.

"During our extensive community consultation, we heard loud and clear that high on the agenda was a play space that was fun, imaginative, sparked curiosity and, above all, was safe.

A concept drawing of the completed play space on Mandurah's western foreshore. Image: Supplied.

A concept drawing of the completed play space on Mandurah's western foreshore. Image: Supplied.

"...its design is inspired by Mandurah's heritage, character and world-renowned natural environment. It will connect the land and water by featuring elements from Mandurah's iconic waterways including boating and estuary themed sculptural play."

It will incorporate natural materials including salvaged timbers from the Old Mandurah Bridge, and include all aspects of play including physical, sensory, social and imaginary.

Within the wider Western Foreshore Recreation Area, there will also be barbecues, large picnic tables, drinking fountains, a seating deck and a pop-up kiosk. New toilet facilities are already complete.

"The play space is part of our Mandurah Waterfront Project, which will transform Mandurah and bring tourism, growth, development and more economic diversity to our beautiful city," Mayor Williams said.

The Mandurah Waterfront Project is being delivered as a joint initiative between City of Mandurah, state and federal government. The City of Mandurah has contributed $5million, the state government $10million and the federal government $7million.

Mandurah MP David Templeman said was he pleased it would include so many great amenities for local families.

Federal Canning MP Andrew Hastie said his children were excited.

"Mandurah is a beautiful place to call home...the new playground will be a draw card for the tourists who spend in our businesses, and a benefit for the local community as well. I know my kids are excited," he said.

Play space construction is expected to start in the coming months.