The Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi (Park 16) Wetland is now open for families to enjoy.
If you have been wondering what is looks like behind the fences around the southern end of Victoria Park, you can now explore the area after it was officially opened on Friday 6 May 2022. The path winds its way around the 3.2 hectares and is suitable for walking, jogging, bikes, prams and wheelchairs. You can reach the wetland from Fullarton Road, Greenhill Road (via Beaumont Road) or enter from the corner of South and East Terraces. There are steps in some areas but alternate pathways make it accessible for everyone.
The wetland has a range of features including footpaths and walking trails that connect to the existing path network, plus new trees, shrubs and grassland areas have been planted, including aquatic species to create the wetland biodiversity and ecology. The birdlife is already enjoying the area including the local magpies, ducks and noisy miner birds.
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 are key features, as well as a look-out point for viewing the entire wetland.
There are tables with bench seats protected by permanent shade structures as well as concrete steps for extra seating.
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 area is NOT FENCED so as always be vigilant with children around water.
The closest toilets are located in the middle of Victoria Park along side the path that runs from Fullarton Road to East Terrace.
The wetland is located at the southern end of Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi (Park 16)
About the Wetland Project
The $13 million project was jointly funded by State and Local governments (the Cities of Adelaide, Burnside, Mitcham, Unley and West Torrens). Work begun on the project in Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi (Park 16) at the southern end in November 2020. 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).
As well as aiding the management of flooding, 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 here.
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:
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Park Lands Association website or the BHKC Storm Water website.
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