Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Abandoned: The Ascot Water Playground

The Ascot Water Playground was a water park that was built in the late 1970's and operated until about 2002. This place was special, and was a true icon of the Perth suburbs. Entry started out as free, but then changed to just a gold coin donation. There was nowhere else like this at the time, and you'd be hard pressed to find something similar in the present day.
It was in an ideal location right on the river, with the Perth CBD visible from the edge. Ultimately though, the river contributed to it's downfall as river run-off laws were introduced and new occupational health and safety laws also shuttered the park (lots of wet, slippery concrete you see.) As far as I can tell there was never any serious injuries at this park, but the world is now a different place. I guess the council didn't want to splash out the money on making it 'safe' or fixing the river run-off problem, and it was permanently closed.
What's left now is a swampy wasteland which reminded me a lot of a few locations from the video game, The Last of Us among a few multi-million dollar mansions as the location is now considered upper market. Luckily, there isn't much vandalism here, but nature has really taken it's toll on the place.
I should add I was quite excited to go here since this is the first abandoned location I've been to where I actually went to as a child when it was open. It was quite an experience to see it now, when I have seen it in its prime. Not through photographs, but my very own eyes.

The main pool is starting to collapse. It's surprising there is cavity under it.

In the background you can see the main attraction, which was a cave of sorts along with huge sprinkles on the top and a slide.

The smashed windows in the toilet block and the cafe were some of the few examples of vandalism.

There was also mini-golf here.

The little shed next to the mini-golf was full of pamphlets, but unfortunately I couldn't reach in far enough to grab one (the door was locked).

This photo was taken with a mobile phone from a previous trip without my camera, but I forgot to retake it. The mini-golf is basically falling into the ground, that trench of sorts is not present in any historical photos and runs all the way from where some water slides use to be, all the way to main pool near the river past the cafe following where a path use to be. I don't know if it was actually formed by nature over the years or deliberately dug, but I couldn't see a logical reason for wanting to dig it in the first place.
In the background you can see a house, which was probably inhabited by a caretaker or used as office space.  

The walls had a stunning paint job.

There were mugs everywhere.

On top of the cave like thing.

In the cave type thing.

There were plenty of BBQ's around too.

It was here I tried to match up some photos of it in its prime to what it looks like today, but in this case it was quite hard. There was two pools connecting to this structure, one at the end of a slide (where that gap in the fence is) and another at its entrance. The slide pool has been completly overtaken, meaning I couldn't get in a position to take the photo with looking straight into a bush.

Here's what it use to look like from nearly the same angle.

Here's another comparison facing the structure, which was quite hard to take as well. Directly in front is part of the ditch I was talking about earlier.

These were a little easier to take.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Abandoned: Clackline Refractory (Part 2, 18-55mm lens)

I know I said I would upload these a month ago, but life just kept on getting in the way. These are photos from my second trip to this refractory, while photos from the first can be found here.
Read that post for a more in-depth history about the place, but now I can add that it was open until at least 1992 judging by paperwork scattered around that I didn't get a chance to look at originally. I also went and visited an abandoned house on the property this time around (as it looked inhabited from a distance last time) as well as around the expansive clay pits.

Not much going on in here...

Or here...

Who let the dogs out? This (former) wall.

I'm not exactly sure what this is, but I'm guessing it was some sort of sorting machine.

Looked inhabited from a distance, honest. This sits on top of a huge hill that overlooks the entire complex.

It's always hard to find places that scrappers haven't found first.

Surprisingly, most of the graffiti seemed isolated to this house. There wasn't much else at all around the actual factory and kilns.

These pits went on for a long time, which makes sense considering it was nearly open for a century.

These were everywhere, in huge piles.

Dated 7/7/1992