Aerial Adventure Park Planned for Cockatoo Island
By David Rutter
Inspired by his autistic son’s enjoyment of aerial adventure parks in Great Britain, Marcus Jackson, creative director of Mighty High Pty Ltd, along with Vertical Innovations are proposing to build an aerial adventure park on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour.
Positioned over the original slipways, the proposed park will feature a number of adventures off the ground, with the park’s design being inspired by the history of the island. It will include a replica of the HMAS Success – including a walk-though bow, and a rope climb structure that emulates the ship’s body. It will also utilise a refurbished crane from the island as an anchor for some of the activities. The proposed activities include ”high-ropes courses”, suspension bridges, parachute-style drops and zip lines, and there will be smaller scale climbs for children.
Cockatoo Island is a great camping spot in the middle of the harbour, and holds the occasional festival, however there is no attraction currently that attracts visitors during the week.
The environmental impact of the works is planned to be minimal – almost no excavation is required, the park’s infrastructure can be easily deconstructed and removed, and solar technology is incorporated into the design.