Architects selected for John Forrest Park Centre

The new Park Centre planned as the focal point of John Forrest National Park will be designed by local architects Gresley Abas. The centre will showcase the park’s heritage and culture in a contemporary facility complementing the surrounding environment.

“The WA Parks Foundation is delighted to see the progress on this project,” said our Chair, the Hon Kerry Sanderson AC CVO.

“We are very pleased to have been involved in promoting the importance of the Park Centre project at John Forrest and to have had the opportunity to contribute to the development of the business case, working the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and others.”

The design will include environmentally sustainable, accessible and culturally appropriate spaces, with a strong emphasis on integrating the facilities into the natural surrounds.

The Park Centre will include an interpretation space dedicated to John Forrest National Park, Western Australia’s other parks and reserves and the Aboriginal culture of the park and the State.

A universally accessible elevated walkway will provide pedestrian access between a planned new car park and the Park Centre. Construction will be in stages to minimise disruption for park visitors, with the upgrades expected to be completed by mid-2024.

Proclaimed in 1900, John Forrest National Park was WA’s first national park. In 2020-21, it received more than 130,000 visits.