A new interactive nature playground has officially opened in the heart of Bunbury, with wheelchair accessibility for residents and visitors to enjoy.
The Mangrove Cove all abilities nature play area is a $2.39 million project featuring mangrove root inspired climbing frames, ladders, slides, rope nets and rope bridges. Its design is influenced by the unique mangrove system found in the Leschenault Inlet.
The ground level facilities of the inclusive play area include a wheelchair accessible sand pit and tunnels, water play area, basket swing, drums, chimes and cubbies. There are also picnic, barbeque and toilet facilities. A walkway winds through the play area, accompanied with a lookout deck providing sweeping views of the Leschenault Inlet.
The nature play area was built by BGC Construction, with 89.5 per cent of the contract value completed by workers based in the regional city.
The project was jointly managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and the Department of Finance with funding from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:
"This interactive nature playground is a fantastic drawcard for both locals and visitors in the heart of Bunbury.
"It's great to see a project deliver long-lasting benefits for the community as well as create local jobs during construction.
"The McGowan Government is committed to supporting projects that are accessible for all visitors and families to enjoy."
Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch:
"Mangrove Cove is a popular part of Bunbury, and this new nature playground will further boost the regional city's reputation as a must-visit destination.
"The design was guided by the City of Bunbury's Co-Design Access Panel and I'd like to thank the team for their valuable insight and contribution.
"It's great the transformation of Mangrove Cove complements the nearby play areas at Koombana Beach, the Sykes Foreshore Splash Park and the new Bunbury skate park."