The Donnybrook Apple Fun Park is set for a $1.5 million revitalisation for the first time in its 13-year history, with a South West company awarded the design contract for a redevelopment of the famous playground. The park, which was originally opened in 2008 as a tourist drawcard for Donnybrook, is in the process of being taken apart, with a new playground featuring an apple crate tower to be built on the site. Designs have been released by local company Active Discovery, after a community consultation period which received 578 responses. Shire CEO Ben Rose said the new playground will be a reflection of the town. “The new Apple Fun Park will incorporate local themes and use materials that show a connection to the natural features and history of the Donnybrook,” he said. Money for the redevelopment was secured in 2019 as part of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund. Active Discovery commercial manager Jolene Humphrey said the Ferguson Valley-based company recognised the importance of the project for the town. “The Donnybrook Apple Fun Park has been a favourite destination among our own children, family and friends over the years and we are thrilled to have been entrusted by the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup to bring new life to the iconic and much loved fun park,” she said. The original Fun Park was a community-driven project, with playground equipment funded by a donor and built by volunteers. Construction of the new playground is set to be completed in time for the September school holidays.