MEDIA RELEASE: Excitement as Donnybrook Apple Fun Park Reopens

Published on Tuesday, 5 October 2021 at 10:40:36 PM

The much-anticipated reopening of the revitalised Donnybrook Apple Fun Park will take place this Friday 8 October with an open community event being held to celebrate the occasion.

Earlier this year, the Apple Fun Park was closed to make way for a refreshed, crisp new look to the popular family attraction. The Shire of Donnybrook Balingup secured $1.5 million under Round 3 of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund to revitalise Donnybrook’s iconic playground, requiring only minimal co-contribution from the Shire.

Earlier this week, a lucky few children from schools in Donnybrook, Balingup and Kirup were afforded the opportunity to road test the playground before being open to the public on Friday. The “Golden Ticket” holders, which also included children with disabilities and sensory needs, and their parents were given exclusive access to the playground which includes an eight metre high Apple Crate Tower with treetop suspension rope tunnels and speed spiral tube slides. This central feature in the revitalised park is the highest of its kind in the South West.

The new playground now incorporates 125 more play activities to cater for all ages and abilities, including swings, trampolines, a rodeo board challenge, double cableway, little train track rides, hamster wheels, musical instruments and a spinning apple orb.

Family-owned, South West based company Active Discovery were awarded the contract for the project earlier this year and have coordinated the design and construction for the renewal and makeover. The revitalised Apple Fun Park incorporates local themes and use materials that show a connection to the natural features and history of the Donnybrook landscape, without losing its iconic ‘apple’ theme.

Shire President Brian Piesse said “the opening of the revitalised Apple Fun Park is another milestone event for this Shire, made possible by the generous and visionary contributions of those who established the original and iconic Apple Fun Park in 2008. If it weren’t for this vision and foresight, the Apple Fun Park wouldn’t be the economic driver it is today, estimated to have injected some $6.2M into the local economy by attracting 650,000 visitors over the past 13 years.”

Shire President Cr Brian Piesse and the Hon. Nola Marino MP, Member for Forrest, and Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, will officially re-open the newly refurbished playground at 11.00am on Friday 8 October. Celebrations commence from 10am on Friday with free party food and activities including face painting and bubble stations.

The Donnybrook Apple Fun Park will remain closed for the finishing touches until the opening day celebrations on Friday 8 October.

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IMAGE: These lucky Golden Ticket holders were the first to road test the revitalised Apple Fun Park.

IMAGE: Shire CEO Ben Rose (left) and Shire President Brian Piesse (right) look forward to welcoming visitors to the newly refurbished park.

As per the Local Government Act 1995 Section 2.8(d) for further information please contact:
Shire President Cr Brian Piesse
Phone: 9731 1141         
Mobile: 0408 471 947       
Email: bhp47@bigpond.com

 

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