Richards Park | Behind the Wrought Iron Gates in Norwood | Review

Richards Park

Richard Park in Norwood

Richards Park in Norwood is nestled near the intersection of Magill Road and Osmond Terrace with entry points on Magill Road, Osmond Terrace and Vernon Street. 

To enter from Osmond Terrace look for the old black wrought iron gates hinged to the middle of a long red brick wall (opposite Kingpin Norwood). The Magill Road entrance consists of a landscaped frontage with local native vegetation and feature signage containing the park’s name.

Richards Park

On entering from Osmond Terrace you willl walk through a circular area with a couple of park benches.  It’s a shortcut through to Magill Road as well as a quiet spot to stop and take a break.  There are a number of winding paths that make their way between the park’s entry points.  For little ones on trikes, bikes and scooters they make for an easy trail to follow.

Richards Park

Richards Park

Richards Park – Facilities

Richards Park is spacious, shady and well designed to cater for many families at a time.  There are BBQ facilities, picnic tables with seats, park benches and public toilets.  There’s plenty of room to throw or kick a ball around and let the kids run about.  To one side of the playground is a sloping hill with trees and logs to climb.  It’s a good spot to play away from the main picnic areas on the far side of the park.

Richards Park

Richards Park

Richards Park Playground

The playground itself is quite small, the play equipment consisting of a climbing frame with wobble steps, swing bridge and slide, two swings (one a toddler swing), four-way see-saw and a few animal rockers.

The park’s appeal is certainly the open space and attractive, well maintained appearance.  It’s a beautiful green space suited to recreation and relaxation, family gatherings and simply enjoying being outside.

Richards Park

Richards Park

The entrance from Magill Road was upgraded to include custom designed toilets and a large paved plaza area. This space also features a filtered water refill station (a fantastic council incentive to fill up your drink bottle), a bubbler for people and pooches, bike racks and a sheltered area.

The upgrade also included solar power and an underground water tank system to support our state’s urban initiatives towards stormwater management and sustainable development. The park has come along way since it was originally opened by Don Dunstan back in 1978.

Richards Park

Shopping & Cafes nearby

The Magill Road Precinct is a fabulous shopping strip with a great range of businesses including homewares stores, antique shops, restaurants and cafes.  There is a pedestrian crossing across to the park, so a coffee is only a short stroll away.  Norwood Parade is also close, just further along Osmond Terrace.

Parking

The park doesn’t have a carpark, but there is parking on surrounding side streets and along Osmond Terrace.  It’s not advisable to park on Magill Road, especially if helping little ones out of the car (and at the risk of losing a side mirror!)

Richards Park is one of NPSP Council’s top six parks that are suitable for most events and functions.  Bookings are necessary if you wish to hold an event or organised sporting activity in one of their parks or reserves – you can check availability and book via their website here.

Location:

Corner Magill Road & Osmond Terrace, Norwood

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the City of NPSP website

What:   Richards Park

When:    Anytime

Where:   Corner Magill Road & Osmond Terrace, Norwood

Who:   Everyone

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Image Source: photos by Play & Go Adelaide 2012

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