It’s a dog’s life as $5 million Park Lands plan takes shape with opening of dog park

Date posted: 21 October 2017

A fenced, off-leash dog park for canines of all sizes officially opened today as part of the $5 million revitalisation of Pityarilla in the southern Park Lands.
 
The park includes natural obstacles such as logs, rocks and turfed areas for plenty of pet fun, and shelters and seating for dog owners. A water play feature for the dogs will also be installed in the coming weeks.
 
Construction of further design components for Pityarilla began recently with the aim of creating a community park that celebrates nature, aboriginal culture and heritage and providing a space that promotes togetherness, diversity and encourages positive social interaction.
 
Background
 
In November 2013 the State Government announced a $20 million commitment over four years to revitalise the Park Lands through the Planning and Development Fund.
 
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has been working in partnership with the City of Adelaide to identify a series of potential projects.
 
In June 2016, the first of these projects was announced for the revitalisation of Pityarilla, commonly known as Marshmallow Park, with a $5 million investment from the State Government.
 
In addition to the completed dog park, works are well underway for the rest of the activity hub. The additional features include a community plaza, landscaped promenades for improved cycling and pedestrian access, upgraded community courts, a nature play area and a revamp to the much-loved Marshmallow Playground.
 
The upgrade will also include rehabilitation to the adjacent creek, lighting, shelter, signage and other amenities.
 
Quotes attributable to Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter
 
Pityarilla is a popular destination for families, large groups and school gatherings. This project will transform it further into a unique, vibrant and inspiring space that will be engaging and memorable for people who visit it.
 
The investment in the off-leash dog park and wider activity hub, plus our commitment to revitalise our Park Lands, helps in working towards a more liveable city that can accommodate a growing population and offer a unique lifestyle for all South Australians. 
 
Inspiring a greater sense of community and providing open spaces such as this will encourage social interaction and physical activity, regardless of age or ability, and help provide a healthier and happier community.
 
Quotes attributable to Lord Mayor Martin Haese
 
The Pityarilla project is a perfect example of how we take the community’s ideas on board and transform them into iconic open spaces that celebrate our culture and history in a fun and interactive way.
 
This project is a direct result of the City of Adelaide’s Shape Your Park Lands consultation in 2015 and we are proud to deliver it in conjunction with the State Government.
 
The dog park is a very important first step in this project. As more people choose to live in the city, having a space for dogs to safely roam off-leash provides another opportunity for residents and visitors from surrounding suburbs to interact with our beautiful Park Lands.
 
Media are invited to the launch of the facility today at 9:30am.
 
Location: Pityarilla (Marshmallow Park) - South Park Lands, Glen Osmond Road

Interviews: Minister Hunter, Lord Mayor Martin Haese