BOLD PARK is a 437-hectare (1,080 acre) urban bushland area in the suburb of City Beach, in Perth, Western Australia. It is located 8km directly west of the central business district, its western border less than one kilometre from the Indian Ocean. To the east, Perry Lakes reserve is directly adjacent to the park. The hilly topography allows view of both the city and ocean. (1. Perth viewed from Reabold Hill in Bold Park; 2) Indian Ocean from Bold Hill):
The Perth City Council established Bold Park in 1936. It was named after Wiliam E. Bold, who served as town clerk from 1900 to 1944 (the longest serving town clerk in the council's history).
Bold Park is located on a calcareous coastal plan. Limestone formations in the park were quarried to provide stone for the growing population of Perth (used mainly for limestone foundations of houses). The 640-person-capacity Quarry Amphitheatre utilises quarry walls for acoustics and shelter. (Pictures of: 1) The old quarry, 2) the Amphitheatre):
Bold Park was recognised as an A-Class reserve on 10 August, 1998. Since 2000, the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) has managed Bold Park (along with the 406-hectarw Kings Park. Frequent fires, recreational activities and weed invasion have plagued Perth's urban bushland areas. The bold Park Evironmental Management Plan (2000-2005) committed the BGPA to restoring the park.
The Western Australian Ecology Centre is located in Bold Park. It was officially opened in August, 2004 and initiated as a key strategy in the inaugural Bold Park Environmental Plan to provide a venue to assist community groups, environmental practitioners and educationalists to undertake their activities, and to provide the office space for staff involved in Bold Park's ongoing management.
The Centre aims to promote awareness and appreciation of biodiversity conservation in Bold Park and throughout Western Australia. The Tamala Room, within the Centre, provides a venue for community group activities such as meetings and workshops. (This is the Ecology Centre):
The Bold Park Aquatic Centre closed on 7 September, 2014 for redevelopment. It is expected to re-open in October, 2015.