Review by Susannah Marks
The first thing that impressed me about Felixstow Reserve was the tranquility. Not in a Bonnie Doon “how’s the serenity?” way, but because of the feeling of being miles from the city and in and amongst nature. It’s a really lovely spot for a wander, or a big gathering.
Felixstow Reserve was opened in February 2019 and features a man-made wetlands system designed to create habitats for animals and birds. The last time we went we enjoyed seeing the ducks.
New Wetlands System
The Reserve features a newly constructed wetlands system which creates new habitats for birds and animals while capturing, treating and storing storm water through an Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) scheme. The recycled storm water will be used for irrigation purposes across the eastern region of Adelaide.
You’ll also find loads of wide open space where kids can run and be free, paths which are fun for biking along, a fitness trail and a variety of nature play spaces.
Nature Play Areas
Although you won’t find traditional play equipment like swings and slides, you will find opportunities to climb, explore and build.
As well as being a great spot to soak up some fresh air and enjoy wide open space, Felixstow Reserve also offers sports facilities such as a basketball/netball half court. You can even play bocce or table tennis. (note: you may like to BYO table tennis bats and balls in case the plastic ones that were there aren’t there any longer). BYO basketball or netball for the half court.
Kaurna Interpretive Trail
The trail provides insight into the Kaurna beliefs, traditions, culture and connection to the land through a series of art markers, each created by Paul Herzich, a Kaurna/Ngarrindjeri artist and designer.
Summary of Features:
- Open grass areas
- Nature play spaces
- Free public fitness stations
- Walking trails and a shared path
- Barbecue amenities
- Sporting facilities, including basketball, netball and bocce
The award-winning redevelopment of Felixstow Reserve, located in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, was awarded the highest accolade in the Parks and Open Space category at the prestigious Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture National Awards in 2019.
Things we love about Felixstow Reserve
❤️ Room for kids to wander while still being able to see them
❤️ Great spot for a get-together with family and friends
❤️ Toilet facilities and shelter
❤️ Picnic tables available
❤️ Barbeque facilities
❤️ Bike track for the kids
❤️ Nature Play zone
❤️ Exercise equipment for the adults
Things to keep in mind:
The area has a fence around the oval next to the road, however, small children must still be watched closely.
The River Torrens is situated next to the reserve, so again, small children will need to be observed closely.
Drage Reserve in Felixstow (Riverside Drive) is a first class playground designed with children of all ages and abilities in mind. Accessible playground features include:
- a rubber base, making it accessible and safe for all children.
- a wheelchair-friendly trampoline, thanks to the generosity of the Count Me In Foundation
The first stage of the redevelopment, which was completed in September 2019, also included a renewed car park and new toilet facilities. Further works are scheduled to commence by 2020 and will include more accessible entry points to the playground area, seating, barbecue facilities and drinking fountain, landscaping and irrigation.
This review was written and photographed by Susannah Marks. Originally from New Zealand, she now calls Adelaide home and loves getting out and about and exploring all the fabulous things for families to do in Adelaide. See her blog Seesaws & Cellar Doors for more of her work.
For more information and all enquiries please visit NPSP Council website.
What: Felixstow Reserve
When: Open 7 days a week
Where: Corner Langman Grove & Riverside Drive, Felixstow
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
As per all our Play & Go reviews, this is not a sponsored post and our review is done completely independently. All photos are by Susannah Marks for Play & Go. See her blog Seesaws & Cellar Doors for more of her photographs.
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