Marshmallow Park Reopening | New Pelzer Park/Pityarilla Activity Hub | 29 Apr 2018

The new Pelzer Park/Pityarilla Activity Hub, including the Marshmallow Playspace, is opening on Sunday 29 April 2018


The City of Adelaide are inviting the public to celebrate the opening of the new Pelzer Park / Pityarilla Activity Hub. Explore the space while enjoying live music, face painting and food trucks.

The Pelzer Park / Pityarilla Activity Hub has been planned as a unique space to interact, be active and engage with nature.  We are invited to picnic on the lush plaza, cross the renewed creek bed, roam wild in the Oxbow Playspace, bounce by the community courts, and skip around Marshmallow Playspace.

The hub is full of thoughtful details thanks to the ideas shared by the community during the “Shape the Park Lands” consultation. This project is delivered by the City of Adelaide and funded by the State Government of South Australia.

We had a little look at the progress of the playground – here is a sneak peek below.

PLEASE NOTE: the playspace is still fenced off to the public as of Monday 23 April 2018. Finishing touches are still being done this week.

marshmallow park adelaide

marshmallow park adelaide

There are some new play equipment including the wide slide below.

marshmallow park adelaide

There are plenty of nature play features in a style similar to Bonython Park Playground and the North Adelaide Playspace.

We were relieved to see that they have kept some of our favourite pieces – the climbing structure for slightly older kids and the special bench and twin swing (pictured below from our previous review).

Marshmallow Park sharing swing

Marshmallow Park is fully fenced and there is plenty of grassy areas for picnics.

Toilets are located just near the playground, right beside the tennis courts and grassy space for ball games.

There are paths that would be fun for little bikes too.

New bbqs and sheltered picnic table and benches are included inside the fenced area.


More information from the City of Adelaide about Pelzer Park / Pityarilla Activity Hub, explaining the features in the planning:


There are multiple spaces for kids of all ages and abilities to play.  Play and learn in Marshmallow Playspace: fully fenced area, interactive water play, wood climbing frame and play equipment including slides and sandpits.  Explore and imagine in the Oxbow Playspace: wild nature play, wood and rope climbing frame, boulder island and stepping stones.


The lush green plaza is a natural amphitheatre which makes for a perfect picnic spot.

Courts and Paths

The community can access a basketball half court and tennis court which can be lit by push-button lighting at night. The area can be accessed via cucling and walking paths which connect to the surrounding Park Lands.

The Creek

The section of the creek running through the activity hub has undergone a major renewal. The creek bed and new connected rain gardens have been planted with a mix of indigenous species to increase its biodiversity and will prevent weeds and erosion. The renewed creek assists with reducing the impact flooding in the South Park Lands and contributes to the ecology of the area.

The Dog Park

The Pityarilla dog park located at the Northern end of the hub, has separate sections for large and small dogs. Water fountains are accessible for dogs and their owners.


The hub provides users access to a number of facilities including shelter, two accessible BBQs and three toilets (one accessible).


The hub is a 12 minute walk from the South Terrace Tram Stop. Parking is available along South Terrace and Glen Osmond Road..

Park Name

The Kaurna translation of Pityarilla is marshmallow; paying homage to the park’s Marshmallow Playground. August Pelzer was Adelaide’s city gardener from 1899 to 1932 and his influence is evident in the layout of Osmond Gardens, and elsewhere throughout the Park Lands.  The park contains several sporting facilities, and offers a location for families to hold BBQs.


For more information and all enquiries please visit City of Adelaide website or Facebook event page.

What:   Marshmallow Playspace Re-opening

When:   Sunday 29 April 2018  |  11am – 2pm

Where:   South Park Lands, entry off Glen Osmond Road, Adelaide

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:  City of Adelaide (artist’s impression)

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