Wigley Reserve Upgrade | Glenelg Playspace & Fitness Hub | April 2020

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Wigley Reserve Playspace & Fitness Hub – Construction beginning April 2020

Glenelg’s Wigley Reserve will undergo a $1 million transformation into an adventure and sensory playspace and fitness hub.

The six-month project will begin in April 2020 and once complete, will boast climbing tunnels, in-ground trampolines, swings, stepping boulders and a sensory nature trail. In addition to the new all-ages playspace, there’ll also be a drinking fountain, bike racks, custom-built shade structure, seating, rubber softfall and 10 new stations in the fitness hub. Landscaping and partial fencing will complete the project.

The new playspace, which will replace the existing modular equipment in the north-western corner of Wigley Reserve, will be created with predominantly natural materials including tree stumps, logs and ropes. This project will upgrade the current playground and fitness area into a destination playspace with opportunities for all ages and abilities.

Detailed concept designs for the new playspace and fitness hub have been created based on the community engagement findings (phase 1 in 2018 and phase two early 2019).

The upgrade of this playspace and fitness hub will activate a largely underutilised space turning it into an important community asset.

Construction is planned to take place between April and September 2020 during which the current playground and fitness space will be closed to the public. 


The existing Wigley Reserve Playspace was installed in 2003 and has a focus on ages 0 to 12 years, and universal access -meaning that there are play opportunities for all abilities. The outdoor fitness equipment was added to the space in 2008.

In the 2018/19 Council budget $30,000 was allocated to undertake concept and detailed design for the new Playspace and Fitness Hub.

During phase 1 of community engagement the council asked the community for their ideas for the new playspace and fitness hub. They have used the feedback to create three potential concept designs for the new space.

During phase 2 of community engagement they asked the community for feedback on these three concept designs. Option 3: The Dunes was selected as the community’s preferred design.

These findings were presented to Council on 9 April 2019. At this meeting, Council endorsed to proceed with detailed design and committed $500,000 in the then draft budget towards the total project cost of $1 million.

Following Council’s unsuccessful grant application to State Government, Council has now allocated the remaining $500,000 to enable the project to proceed. 

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the City of Holdfast Bay website.

What:   Wigley Reserve Upgrade

When:    Construction planned April – September 2020

Where:   Wigley Reserve | 621 Anzac Hwy, Glenelg North

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.

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