John Forrest National Park is not only WA’s oldest national park, but among the oldest in the world, proclaimed only 28 years after the world’s first national park was established in 1872, in Yellowstone in the United States.
The John Forrest Renewal project will be the Parks Foundation’s template for many other ventures, working with aligned organisations and sponsors to improve conservation and recreation outcomes. New attractions, new technology and new partnerships will bring a new focus to the park and amplify and enhance the impact of other work there.
The project plan
- A $1.35 million renewal and development of walk and cycle trails, including 20-30 kilometres of mountain bike trails to meet the growing demand from riders – nearly 120,000 mountain bikes a year are sold in WA.
- A $500,000 lookout over Perth – the scarp offers one of the best views of the city and Swan Coastal Plain and the new lookout will become a premier destination. It will visually link John Forrest to the Swan River, creating new opportunities for interpretive materials, along with the park’s Aboriginal and European history.
- A $1 million upgrade of the main picnic area to improve the site and accommodate the growing number of visitors. The project will include new shade shelters, barbecues and picnic tables and benches.
- Use of new technologies and social media to enhance visitor experiences and help promote community stewardship of our Parks.
- Partnering with the Friends of John Forrest and others to extend weed control efforts, in particular to remove infestations of Watsonia, which is choking native vegetation in parts of the Park. This would be part of a broader investigation into ways the Parks Foundation can collaborate with other organisations on a wide range of projects, such as Nature Play WA and their efforts to get parents and children to spent more time in the natural environment.
- Enlisting the support of a broad range of community groups to promote and raise awareness of the park, particularly to its neighbours.