Burswood Park reveals grand plans for parklands

A boardwalk along the river’s edge, trails for art and sculpture exhibitions, and a 10,000 patron outdoor amphitheatre - they’re all part of the recently released concept for the first stage of the Burswood Park Master Plan in Perth, Australia.

Led by Hassell, the 15-year program for the waterfront parkland features a re-modelled pathway network, riverside gardens, and public spaces that will continue to host a vibrant calendar of events – including the WA Day Festival which attracts over 120,000 people.

Recently released design details include a 400m boardwalk along the river’s edge, trails for art and sculpture exhibitions, a 10,000 patron outdoor amphitheatre, and over 2,000 trees many as part of an expansive urban forest.

The released concept plan outlines a clear design direction:
one park, three precincts. 


November 02, 2020
  • Extension of the waterfront zone from Optus Stadium and Chevron Parklands. Native Riparian landscape with strong Indigenous narrative
  • Variety of spaces for events and socialising
  • Living stream
  • Stronger connection to the river’s edge
  • Contemporary and traditional parkland character
  • Burswood Bowl with amphitheatre and stage scaled for 10,000 people
  • Burswood Boulevard with gardens and event spaces
  • A new urban forest for the city – contemporary yet native
  • A quieter, buffering landscape to the adjacent residents
  • Shady environment with running trails, bike tracks, wildflowers and artwork

Three landscape strategies have also driven the design: connections, activities, and nature. 

An extensive new pedestrian network guides people through the park, while cycle paths are re-orientated to make them safer for all park users.

Located in the prime position by the river is a dedicated cultural garden to experience and learn about the people, plants and animals of the area.

The Burswood Park Board has endorsed the master plan setting the direction for Burswood Park through to 2035, maintaining a strong commitment to preserving the site’s history and natural environment.

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