Waabiny Park Bentley, built as part of the Bentley 360 Project is a sustainable playground and community area that incorporates recycled materials and features unique play facilities to create an urban landscape worth of a day full of fun.
There is no doubting that over the past five years there have been some incredible new parks pop up in the suburbs and towns around Perth. The kids and I have been truly blown away on several occasions, perhaps to the point that I was wondering what would possibly be able to impress us next.
Well yesterday we visited Waabiny Park Bentley, and let me say, their project titled Bentley 360 was so incredibly impressive for totally different reasons than usual that you must make a trip. Be sure to pack your bikes and a variety of balls though, you’re going to need them!
At the core of this beautiful community space was its sustainability. The playground areas themselves are visually stunning, with a mix match of geometric shapes, non-traditional park materials and colours. Many of the materials have been recycled from former community facilities or other projects. I could see we were going to be spending a large amount of time here right from the start of our visit.
The largest play structure in the park is called High Five Hill and was designed in collaboration with the local Primary School children. I was there with my 4 year old, and he made a beeline for this area. The features included challenging stepping stones and taller poles coined the ‘polescape’, all made of recycled timber and painted bright colours. These poles surrounded a high climbing nest type structure. It was challenging for my small four year old, as was much of the park. This is certainly a playground that would suit older kids, it didn’t stop him having a good time though and there was still plenty to do.
Our next stop was the fabulous learn to ride space, with a circuit loop, road signage and a six-lane racing track.
We followed this with a play in the wild play area. This part of the park included a really high flying fox, an extra large basket swing and shady spots under the canopies of the up-cycled Canning Aquatic umbrella frames. In this area the use of recycled concrete slabs, and limestone road base as paths and planters were really evident and made this part of the park truly interesting.
My favourite area, however, and out last stop was the “Games of the Street”. In this section were so many favourite games, all presented so beautifully and in such vibrancy that I was even keen for a game of Around the World at the basketball section. Some of the other games catered for were; four square, netball, soccer or hockey, sticks and stones and 3 way hopscotch.
No stone has been left unturned in the Bentley 360 project at Waabiny Park , there was plenty of seating and rubbish bins, a larger shelter for a big group, solar panels and a Sweat and Stroll path complete with exercise stations. Dogs are welcome on a leash.
The achievements of the Department of Communities are noted on a board as you enter the park. 300 trees have been retained on site, 5500m of old road has been recycled, 400m of mulch has been repurposed, 110 tonnes of concrete slabs have been upcycled and 300 tonnes of re-use limestone has been used.
Add this one to your list, especially if you have older children who love ball or bike sports or are a carer with a passion for urban landscape even. This park was inspiring on so many levels, and I’m sure it will become a benchmark for other community spaces in the future.
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Review by Kids Around Perth Reporter Maggie, 20th June 2020
Maggie Westbrook - Mum of 4
Maggie is a Mum to four little Perth people aged 8, 5, 4 and 1, two girls and two boys. Prior to becoming a mum she worked in communications and then as a teacher. She aims to make her move back into one of these areas this year.
Maggie enjoys being out and spends weekdays exploring parks, museums, libraries and structured activities like sport, music and playgroup and come the weekend, however, she tends to head further afield with her family, hiking various Perth trails and visiting attractions further from home.
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