The creation of Glenthorne National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to preserve and revitalise a large area of existing open space in our southern suburbs and turn it into a thriving environmental and recreational precinct for the whole community.
Glenthorne National Park will represent a coordinated approach to park planning and management that will cover several important parcels of land including Glenthorne Farm, O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park, Marino Conservation Park, Hallett Cove Conservation Park, Happy Valley Reservoir and areas of the Field River Valley. The total area is more than 1,500 hectares, which is bigger than Belair National Park.
The local community have been involved in planning for the area over many years, forming the foundations for creating Glenthorne National Park, and they will continue to play an important role in shaping the park’s future.
Based on previous community input, it is envisioned that Glenthorne National Park will include picnic areas, heritage buildings, walking and cycling trails, and 200 hectares of native revegetation creating an urban forest that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
The new park will demonstrate the importance of access to open green space for the health and wellbeing of the community. A universal design approach will be used in the planning of the park so it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all South Australians.
Glenthorne National Park will also become a base for a southern national park ranger service, and a newly-established volunteer ranger program.