Tranquil treat amid March Madness

Date posted: 01 March 2013

South Australia’s iconic parks are set to provide a welcome haven from city chaos this weekend as friends and families gather to soak up some serene surrounds for Parks Week.

The national event aims to celebrate the role parks play in contributing to positive, happy and healthy communities with this year’s theme Get Healthy By Nature.

As part of the celebrations, entry to Cleland Wildlife Park will be a gold coin donation this Saturday for visitors who use the code word “Parks Week”.

While historic Belair National Park, 13km south-east of the city, will open free to the public on Sunday.

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Chief Executive Allan Holmes says Adelaide is fortunate to have such wonderful parks on its doorsteps.

He says the weekend also provides an ideal opportunity to explore Cleland Conservation Park and Belair National Park on two wheels.

“With many fire tracks in our parks recently opened for bike riders, cycling is a fantastic way to see your favourite park from a new perspective,” he said.

“I would be encouraging anyone who wants to escape the hustle and bustle of the city this weekend to head out into one of our picturesque parks – I am very much looking forward to visiting Cleland Conservation Park myself on Saturday.

“Getting back to nature also makes good health sense with studies showing reconnecting with the outdoors can boost people’s health physically, emotionally, and psychologically, including by reducing levels of anxiety and depression.”

SA Mountain Biking Association and Bike SA will offer guided rides at Cleland Conservation Park on Saturday and Belair National Park on and Sunday.

“There will be guided walks, barbecues, displays, give always, the chance to win a new bike and many more activities on offer,” Mr Holmes said.

Cycling advocate, Women’s Weekly columnist and mother-of-four Amanda Blair, said she couldn’t wait to get her kids out to Cleland Conservation Park on their bikes.

“It’s wonderful that we have a safe place to go to ride with the children, they can experience the joy of nature, open spaces with no cars, just a short drive away from the city,” she said.

Both Mr Holmes and Amanda will be available for interviews at Cleland Conservation Park on Saturday from 12.30pm. For more information visit parks.sa.gov.au.

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