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Types of uses

The site has been designed with a range of uses and users in mind:

  • Simple and informal: individuals or small groups can plan a visit or just drop by when they are in the area, taking a little time out of their day to sit in the secluded alcoves provided, to walk along the contemplation paths, to talk quietly and to reflect – on the loss of a loved one or other challenging events in their life, past or present. People visiting family members or friends in the hospitals nearby, or those dealing with their own recent diagnosis of illness, may also find comfort in the Place of Reflection. No bookings are required for this sort of use.
  • Organised: the covered, powered Marlee Pavilion can host small family and group events that require a degree of organisation, such as post-funeral memorials and commemorative events, gatherings by loss and healing support groups, and events to mark Missing Persons Week, Mental Health Week, Refugee Week, National Sorry Day, White Ribbon Day and a range of other public events. (Please note, however, that the conditions of use of Kings Park prevent funerals being held at the Place of Reflection.) You can find booking details here and information on organising your event here. Suggestions for how organisations might use the site are also available here.
  • Professional: the therapeutic benefits of nature can be drawn on to hold one-on-one or small group counselling sessions or mentoring sessions. The walking paths and the secluded seating niches both lend themselves to this type of use. (See ‘Using the features of the site’ for further information.) No bookings are required if these meetings take place outside the Marlee Pavilion.

The following organisations worked together to bring the Place of Reflection vision to life:

Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (ASeTTS); Healing Hearts Foundation (founded by the Rotary Club of Heirisson); Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Kids WA; The Compassionate Friends WA; Soroptimist International of South Perth; Lotterywest; Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority; and Friends of Kings Park.