Maylands Waterland

The revitalisation of a much loved aquatic play facility in an environmentally sensitive area.

The Maylands Waterland redevelopment addresses the community’s desire to revitalise the very popular but deteriorating water park and the adjacent foreshore area while bringing it in-line with Australian Safety Standards.

The Maylands Waterland designs are based on the interpretation of the riparian zone within the Maylands Foreshore Reserve, which is the interface between land and river.

Josh Byrne & Associates (JBA) worked with the City of Bayswater on the revitalisation of the Maylands Waterland and the foreshore area as part of the creation of a greater Maylands Foreshore Reserve. JBA were engaged as the landscape architect to deliver concept design, detailed documentation and construction superintendence.

Stage 1 concluded in June 2022 and included the redevelopment of the Maylands Waterland into an all-abilities accessible aquatic play space inspired by Swan River ecology. Key elements of the design include interpretations of local native flora and fauna, many of which are depicted as custom play elements, feature fencing, artworks and sculptural pieces. The design response includes consideration of topography, inundation, environmental sensitivities, historical and cultural context, amenities and the importance of the site to the local community.

Future plans include the refurbishment of the leisure pool within the facility as well as the protection and enhancement of the rivers fringing vegetation and estuary margins. There is also a proposal for an all-abilities nature play playground to be situated along the foreshore.


City of Bayswater

JBA Role

Landscape architect

  • Concept design
  • Project manager
  • Detailed design
  • Construction superintendent


2023 AILA Landscape Architecture Awards

  • Playspace Award
  • ShadeSmart Cross Category Award