Adelaide’s Urban Park – revitalising, renewing and reconnecting with our park lands
Our vision: The Park Lands are an exemplary 21st century urban park – attractive, diverse, resilient and alive with activity
Our great city of Adelaide is consistently rated Australia’s most liveable. The city’s heart is becoming more vibrant as small licensed venues open, our once quiet laneways come to life and a ‘big build’ transforms our riverbank. Building on the strengths of Light’s vision we can do more to make Adelaide one of the world’s great cities.
The Government is committed to working with local Councils and the community to realise a new vision for one of our greatest assets – Adelaide’s Urban Park. For Adelaide to be recognised as one of the great small cities of the world, we must revitalise, renew and reconnect with our park lands to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and sophisticated community.
To kick start the revitalisation process, the Government is committing $20 million over four years to deliver demonstration projects in the Park Lands. For more information please download one of the fact sheets below.
What you've been telling us
The Park Lands belong to everyone and are a much-loved feature of the City of Adelaide. They are valued as a place for families, sporting bodies, walkers, cyclists and nature lovers, as well as being a place that supports local biodiversity and natural heritage.
We have heard there is a real appetite in our community for a new approach to how we enjoy the Park Lands and a real sense that we need to explore different ways to realise their potential.
The transformation of Bonython Park is a great example of what could be achieved. Below are some before and after photos.
Working to deliver a new vision for Adelaide’s Park Lands
As our urban environment changes and more people live and work near the city, the Parks Lands has the potential to become a welcoming and interesting urban park, including:
- more places to meet, play and relax
- a revitalised environment that is connected with nature
- great facilities for recreation and community activity
- better pathways and more information to help people find their way and explore.
The Government is committing $20 million over four years to deliver demonstration projects in the Park Lands that provide more playgrounds, sports facilities and community events, plus improved lighting and pathways.
These demonstration projects will not only be great examples of how the Park Lands can be improved, but will be an example of our vision for partnerships by the State Government with Adelaide City Council, inner-city councils and the community.
The Minister for Planning, the Hon John Rau and Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, the Hon Ian Hunter will be leading conversations about how this new vision can be delivered and how these new funds will be spent. These conversations may also include consideration of future funding and governance models that have worked well for other great parks around Australia and the world.
An independent person will be appointed to manage this process under the guidance of both Ministers.
Be part of the conversation – have your say
Register your interest to be part of the conversation by visiting our Have your say page.