Victoria Park/ Pakapakanthi (Park 16) Wetland Project | South Park Lands

Victoria Park/ Pakapakanthi (Park 16) Wetland Project


If you have been wondering what is looks like behind the fences around the southern end of Victoria Park, you can see from the photos below the wetland project is starting to take shape, especially after the recent January rainfall.

Signage is displayed around the site to make sure the general community using the South Park Lands know what is happening and how to navigate around the construction site, which involves extensive earthworks, excavation, backfilling and movement of soils around the construction site. Approximately 130,000 cubic metres of soil will be excavated and sorted for reuse within the project or taken offsite. A large temporary stockpile site has been established, which is located just north of the wetland location, adjacent Fullarton Road (this will be removed once the project is complete).

About the Wetland Project

The Brown Hill and Keswick Creeks Stormwater Board is building an important project in Adelaide’s South Park Lands, constructing a wetland at the southern end of Victoria Park.  It will help manage flooding from Park Lands Creek and within downstream residential areas. The flood management project will be undertaken in two areas – Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi (Park 16) and Blue Gum Park/Kurangga (Park 20).

Work begun on the project in Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi (Park 16) in November 2020 and was expected to take approximately 12 months to complete (weather permitting), however it is still under construction as at January 2022.

As well as aiding the management of flooding in Park Lands Creek and downstream residential areas, the wetland will deliver a range of benefits such as improving water quality, enhancing the biodiversity of the area and creating amenity for park users, such as spaces to picnic, rest and to watch sport.

You can view the artist impression of the area below, or click here.

What the wetland will look like:

The design of the wetland includes areas of permanent water, areas that become inundated with stormwater during ‘normal’ flows and a broader area that will only become inundated during a large flood event.

The wetland will have a range of features including footpaths and walking trails that connect to the existing path network, plus new trees, shrubs and grassland areas will be planted, including aquatic species to create the wetland biodiversity and ecology.

The design maintains large trees as part of the layout, and includes mounding (‘berms’) on the western, northern and south eastern sections of the site to help contain water during a flood event. Board walks and picnic areas will be key features, as well as a look-out point for viewing the entire wetland.

If you would like to know more about the Blue Gum Park/Kurangga (Park 20) works, view the information brochure here.

Things to do at Victoria Park:

Victoria Park Racecourse | Learn to Ride a Bike

Victoria Park Fitness Trails – Sweat Course | Adelaide Park Lands

Room to Roam Free | Victoria Park Loop | Review

Outdoor Cafe – Kiosk on 16 | Victoria Park

The Velo Precinct | Spokey Dokey Indoor Play Cafe | Victoria Park | Review

Commissary Review | Victoria Park

things to do in Adelaide for families

For more information and all enquiries please visit the BHKC Storm Water website.

What:  South Park Lands – Victoria Park/ Pakapakanthi (Park 16) Wetland Project

When:   To be completed  in early 2022

Where:  Victoria Park/ Pakapakanthi (Park 16) | Fullarton Road, Adelaide

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: BHKC Storm Water website and Play & Go


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