Date posted: 02 May 2017
For more than 100 years Morialta Conservation Park has been a playground for Adelaide’s walkers and rock climbers.
Now the park just 10km from the city is getting an upgrade that will tempt your family’s smaller nature lovers into the great outdoors.
We’re spending $900,000 on a new natural play space, bike trails, amenities and picnic areas that will be ready for exploring in August.
Five new themed play areas will be built across the Stradbroke Road picnic area. Get ready to explore Frog Island, Eagle’s Perch, Great Snake, Bird Nests and climbing boulders, as well as paths, creeks and climbing trees.
At the Bird Nests play area, giant nests of different heights can be climbed and explored; at Frog Island children can discover an Aboriginal fire pit, search for animal carvings in the bush and use stepping stones to cross a creek.
Playground designers Peter Semple and Simon Hutchinson have incorporated suggestions from Linden Park Primary School children who entered a State Government competition last year to design a national park using the Minecraft computer game.
The upgrades to Morialta Conservation Park are part of a raft of changes to parks across the metropolitan area. We’re spending more than $10 million on new facilities. In 2015 we asked you what would make you visit parks more often and you told us you wanted more walking and cycling trails, public toilets, barbecue and picnic areas, and playgrounds – so that’s what we’re building.
Watch a timelapse video below to see the playground in construction (May 2017). Video credit: Simon Reid.
Wondering what’s on in Adelaide this weekend for your family? Try something new in a national park!