It’s an exciting time in Adelaide’s national parks, with more than $10m being spent on new facilities.
We asked you in 2015 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 this space for the latest announcements.
Anstey Hill Conservation Park
Anstey Hill Conservation Park, near Tea Tree Gully, is a bushland gem. The park has had $750,000 spent on upgrades including:
- New and improved car parks around the boundary of the park and public toilets.
- Improved trails for both walking and cycling.
- Better signs, to help you enjoy the park, including park and trail information.
Cobbler Creek Recreation Park
Cobbler Creek Recreation Park is an oasis of calm in the busy suburbs. We’ve just finished spending $1m on new visitor facilities in the Smith and Bridge roads precinct, including:
- The exciting new Kites and Kestrels adventure playground, which has climbing structures that look like trees with raptors’ nests, sandpits, a flying fox and other great play equipment.
- Shelters with seating and a barbecue, grassy areas for picnics and lots of shrubs and trees for shade.
- A new car park.
- Public toilets and drinking fountains.
- New tracks for bike riders, including a pump track suitable for most skill levels and a jumps track with a range of features to cater for different skill levels.
Hallett Cove Conservation Park
Hallett Cove Conservation Park provides Adelaide’s closest and most outstanding opportunities to see outstanding geological and archaeological sites. We are spending $140,000 on upgrading the experience around Black Cliff for users on the Glacier Hike, including:
- Creating a new trail alignment to Black Cliff, to allow safer access for a wider range of users – complete
- Creating a better lookout experience at Black Cliff – expected to be complete in September 2017.
Morialta Conservation Park
Morialta Conservation Park is already one of Adelaide’s most popular parks, and new facilities worth $900,000 will make it even better. The upgrade includes:
- An amazing new play space with themed areas such as Frog Island, The Great Snake, The Birds Nest, The Eagle Nest and climbing boulders. These will all be linked by a network of bike paths, lawns, creeks and climbing trees – expected to be complete in September 2017.
O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park
O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park features a network of shared-use trails and recreational leases. The shade from the regenerated grey box eucalypts and river red gums provide the perfect spot for an urban mountain bike experience with views of the city, hills face and coastline. We will be spending $300,000 to upgrade this park with:
- A brand new mountain bike trail network across the park to complement the proposed Sam Willoughby UCI BMX Facility. Expected to be complete by January 2018. The network will include cross country, downhill, and flow trails, as well as beginner trails and skills areas.
Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park
Just 35km south of Adelaide, the adjoining Onkaparinga River parks feature bushwalks ranging from easy to challenging, spectacular gorge scenery and unique native species. We will be spending $1.7m on improvements to the two parks, including:
- An upgrade to the current facilities at Perry’s Bend in the recreation park, with improved car parking, trail linkages, information and kayak/canoe launching facilities. Expected to be complete by August 2017.
- A new lookout over the Punchbowl in the national park, with picnic facilities, car parking and new access trails. Expected to be complete by December 2017.
- Developing campgrounds in the national park. Expected to be complete by December 2017.
Para Wirra Conservation Park
With its extensive grassy areas, relaxing lakeside, and beautiful bush setting, Para Wirra Conservation Park is a well-loved gathering place for family and friends. We will be spending $2.2m on improvements to the park to make it an ever better place to spend with family and friends. These include:
- New camping facilities to accommodate large groups, small groups, and individuals. This will be one of two new urban campgrounds in the Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges area (the other to be in Onkaparinga River Recreation Park). Expected to be complete by December 2017.
- A new trail access for walking and cycling. Expected to be complete by December 2017.
- New facilities to help you enjoy the park, including picnic shelters and information services. Expected to be complete by December 2017.
- Aboriginal park signage acknowledging the land as a special meeting area. Expected to be complete by December 2017.