The third stage of the Sturt River Linear Park Master Plan has recently been completed in Coromandel Valley, inspired by the area’s rich history and natural environment.
The master plan was developed in 2005 by the former Adelaide and Mount Lofty Natural Resources Management Board—now Green Adelaide. It forms an integral part of Adelaide’s Metropolitan Open Space System. It is identified within the state government’s 30-year Plan for Greater Adelaide as part of its greenways policies.
Key aspects of the stage 3 project include the construction of an 800 metre sealed asphalt path joining the existing path adjacent to the Coromandel Valley Institute building on Main Road. The new path provides safe pedestrian and cyclist access from Horner’s Bridge carpark adjacent Coromandel Parade to Frank Smith Park on Magarey Road. The continuous path connects to other community hubs including Watchman House, Coromandel Valley Shopping Centre and Coromandel Valley Primary School. In future, it will create a continuous trail link all the way to Patawalonga Basin in Glenelg North.
New installations include stacked rock retaining walls and bench seats, shelters and tables for picnics, and signage. A new stairway connection has been constructed at Vawser Court to the new path and stormwater culvert extension.
An important part of the project was restoring watercourse habitat to improve the natural ecosystem function of the Sturt River. With sustainability and the ecology of the area in mind, the river corridor has been planted with more than 20,000 native seedlings including trees, large and small shrubs, ground covers, and non-invasive heritage plant species to complement the historic character of the area. Site preparation for the restoration works included the protection of existing native plant species and selective control of woody weeds that spread seeds and negatively affect the local ecosystem.
The path features artwork titled Touchstone by Aldinga artist Gail Hocking. Comprising a cluster of sandstone sculptures up to two metres in height, Gail says the surrounding environment was a major factor in determining the materials and design of the artwork so it echoed the space.
Each sculptural stack is topped with polished stainless-steel round capping which mirrors and reflects the environment and adds another dimension to the work.
The staged development of the Sturt River Linear Park has been guided by ongoing input from the local community. The project team particularly acknowledges the participation of the Coromandel Valley and Districts Branch of National Trust South Australia.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Onkaparinga Now website or the Onkaparinga Your Say website.
What: New path on the Sturt River Linear Park at Coromandel Valley
When: Path open from January 2021
Where: Sturt River Linear Park, Coromandel Valley
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