Glenthorne National Park | New Nature Play Adventure Playground Development

Glenthorne National Park – New Nature Play Adventure Playground Development

A nature-focussed adventure playground will be developed as an iconic destination within the Glenthorne National Park thanks to a partnership between the Marshall Liberal Government and the City of Marion.  

The City of Marion has agreed to contribute $2 million towards a huge adventure playground after it embraced the State Government’s vision for the vibrant new national park.  Expected to attract thousands of visitors to the park once it is opened in 2021, Glenthorne National Park will make a significant contribution to Adelaide’s green open space and will provide opportunities for recreation, environmental and cultural protection, restoration and interpretation.

The Glenthorne property, the focal point of a locally driven and long-term campaign to protect 208 hectares of farmland in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, will become the central ‘Hub’ of the proposed national park.  The vision is to create an environmental precinct of national and international significance on Adelaide’s doorstep.

Marion Council Mayor Kris Hanna said the playground would help attract more visitors to Glenthorne.

“As a former President of Friends of Glenthorne and campaigner for open space there for 20 years, I’m thrilled with what the State Government has achieved there in the past two years,” Mayor Hanna said.

“Glenthorne is a very special part of the Marion Council area. Minister Speirs is opening up Glenthorne to a new era of public enjoyment and the Council-funded play area will be a wonderful feature. Our local community and families far and wide will enjoy it for generations to come.”

Glenthorne National Park Master Plan

Glenthorne National Park is Adelaide’s second major metropolitan national park and will represent a coordinated approach to park planning and management that covers several important parcels of land including Glenthorne property, O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park, Marino Conservation Park, Hallett Cove Conservation Park, Happy Valley Reservoir and areas of the Field River Valley.

The plan recognises the property’s unique context between coast and hills, integrated within the southern suburbs and proximity to Adelaide city.

Here are some of the highlights from the master plan below:

1. Glenthorne ‘Hub’

A destination for education, learning and social connection through an events space and visitor
centre featuring Kaurna culture and history.

2. Heritage Precincts

Establishment of a heritage precinct incorporating heritage-listed nineteenth century structures and interpretative nodes including the munitions site.

3. Nature Play and Picnic Areas

An important part of the property that will provide a space for rich environmental interpretation, culture, nature and well-being.

4. The Wetland

Enhancements will be made to provide a thriving habitat for native animals. Natural aesthetic will be improved with a picnic areas, pontoon and boardwalk.

5. Interpretive node and viewing platform

Places to rest and connect with nature will be created along the new trail network which will also provide visitors with expansive views across the property. Interpretive nodes will provide opportunities for visitors to engage with natural and cultural heritage and learn about environmental education themes like landscape regeneration and water quality improvements.

6. Camping and Creek Rehabilitation

Small bush camping site for organised short stay groups that can be closed to the general public. Incorporate flat areas for tents with shelter fire pit and toilets.

View the full Master Plan HERE

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Glenthorne National Park website.

What:   Glenthorne National Park Master Plan

When:    To be completed in 2021 

Where:   Glenthorne National Park | 5b Majors Road, O’Halloran Hill

Who:   Everyone

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.

Image Source: Govt of SA Department for Environment and Water

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