Nature Play Adventure Playground Opens at Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta
Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta is one of Adelaide’s newest national parks, and is located 16km south of Adelaide in the suburb of O’Halloran Hill.
Thanks to investment from the City of Marion, the nature play space at the park was expanded to feature extra additions including a flying fox, rope traverse, stepping logs and other fun elements for children of all ages to explore.
The new adventure playground is also one of the biggest in South Australia. The park incorporates Kaurna sculptures, a large tree tower slide, caves, sound sculptures and a fossil dig zone.
The park features wheelchair accessible elements, trails and facilities that encourage children of all ages and abilities to enjoy nature.
OFFICIAL OPENING EVENT – SUNDAY 30 JULY 2023
Minister for Climate, Environment and Water Susan Close MP and City of Marion Mayor Kris Hanna will officially open the new adventure playground at Glenthorne National Park/Ityamaiitpinna Yarta from 1.30pm on Sunday 30 July 2023.
Local coffee vans will be on-site with coffee, tea and snacks for purchase.
Glenthorne National Park/Ityamaiitpinna Yarta – Concept Plans
Glenthorne National Park/Ityamaiitpinna Yarta incorporates the Glenthorne farm property and adjacent O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park and, in time, will connect with other parks and parcels of land in Adelaide’s south to form the Glenthorne Precinct.
The Glenthorne Precinct includes Hallett Cove Conservation Park, Marino Conservation Park, areas of the Field River Valley and Happy Valley Reservoir, which is now open for visitor recreation.
You can be part of the transformation – either visit the park to see the changes in progress, or join the precinct’s dedicated volunteer program to play a part in shaping this special place over the coming months and years.
The park’s 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.
Majors Road, O’Halloran Hill
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Glenthorne National Park website
What: Glenthorne National Park – Nature Play Adventure Playground
When: Official opening Sunday 30 July 2023 | from 1.30pm
Where: Glenthorne National Park | Majors Road, O’Halloran Hill
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: Concept images Govt of SA Department for Environment and Water | top photo credit Erin Thompson MP City of Marion Facebook page
Want to get all the latest events and activities straight to your inbox?
Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter below to keep up to date with our latest posts and find out all the best events & activities for Adelaide families. Newsletters are only sent once a week, and you may sometimes get a special offer exclusively for our subscribers only!