The newest stadium in Mandurah is now open

Colanga Wapni Stadium. Pic: Mandurah City

Mandurah’s all-new play space, Koolaanga Waabiny Playground has officially opened giving locals and visitors another reason to visit Mandurah’s popular beach front areas.

Koolaanga Waabiny Stadium (pronounced kool-lung-ga waa-bin) is the latest addition to the $22 million Mandurah waterfront development.

Prominently located on the West Front Beach adjacent to Mandurah Skate Park, the stadium features a 12-meter-high playing tower as the centerpiece of the world-class playing space.

The play tower design is inspired by the local Swamp Sheoak (Koolyaanga) trees.

It features both family favorites and newly innovative play equipment including swing and climb areas, slides, shaded cubby bags, sand and music play areas, balancing registers, a spinning carousel, and a human hamster wheel.

Mandurah’s heritage, character, and world-renowned natural environment are encapsulated in the overall design, including benches made of timbers salvaged from the ancient Mandurah Bridge.

To celebrate the life of local birds, a series of imitation egg carvings have been incorporated into the space, and a number of carvings are in the seats
The tree trunks represent the local fauna and part of the Serpentine River.

An art trail connecting the play tower to the stone pods tells the story of travel along the waterways, and a “fish trap” fence references the traditional Barragup Fish Mungah on the Serpentine River.

Mayor Rhys Williams said the opening of the new state-of-the-art stadium would be a moment of pride for him, which would be a youthful and young-at-heart delight.

“One of the highlights for me was the way the playspace came to life. Several members of the community, including the kids, helped us design the playground and it is great to see their ideas and ideas incorporated into the final product. We have a fun and inclusive playspace,” said Mayor Williams. and creative intriguing, while thoughtfully highlighting local stories, the environment, and historical elements.”

The play space has been named in consultation with local sages, cultural knowledge holders and community members, with Koolaanga Waabiny translating to ‘children’s play’ and also in relation to the Sheoak (koolyaanga) trees that are celebrated in the space.

“This wonderful stadium is a special addition to the redeveloped waterfront space, adding another element of fun and excitement to both the local community and visitors alike. We invite everyone to come and enjoy the new Koolaanga Waabiny Stadium during their next trip to Mandurah, and we know this space will be treasured. Very popular during the upcoming summer season.”

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