Wilfred Taylor Reserve $1.3M Nature Playground to Be the Biggest in Adelaide’s South

wilfred taylor nature playground adelaide south

The new nature playground at Morphett Vale’s Wilfred Taylor Reserve is set to become the biggest in Adelaide’s southern suburbs.

After recent approval by the City of Onkaparinga council, the spacious nature playspace will begin its construction late 2019 and expected to be open by mid-2020.

The only other large playspace in the City of Onkaparinga is the much loved Jubilee Park in Port Noarlunga which incorporates the wonderful Wooden Fort playground.

The new nature playspace will be like the ‘Morialta of the south’.  It’s a playspace that aims to encourage people of all ages to explore, roam, play and enjoy the gorgeous natural environment of Wilfred Taylor Reserve (on the corner of Wheatsheaf and States Roads) with the final concept design recently endorsed by Onkaparinga Council.

Community consultation on the masterplan ended recently and feedback will be presented to the council by November.

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The State Government has committed $1.3M funds towards the project and the City of Onkaparinga has agreed to $900,000 for supporting infrastructure such as car parking, access roads, lighting and irrigated open space, making the playspace a $2.2M site.

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The design approach for the nature play space is to move away from the traditional standalone playground and aims to incorporate the wider natural landscape as a key part of the experience. The objective is to create a number of nature play destinations that are strategically integrated into the existing landform. This is intended to encourage children to explore and roam; seeking challenges and acceptable risk-taking. It will also ease play congestion which is often experienced in popular urban play spaces. This spatial set out is more befitting the principals of nature play. Wilfred Taylor Reserve contains a number of established natural landscape elements that provide great play opportunities and these will be retained and enhanced in the concept design.

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After extensive engagement, a draft concept design was developed which aims to encourage children to explore and roam within the natural area. Key features of the design include:

  • All ability and inclusive play opportunities
  • Junior and multi-sensory play
  • Numerous play nodes offering a range of adventures
  • Artwork and a range of bespoke play items
  • Family picnic areas
  • Design themes that have both cultural and European focus
  • A mixture of nature and adventure play
  • Interpretive signage

Read more on the City of Onkaparinga website here

Wilfred Taylor Reserve is also home to the Morphett Vale miniature train rides which operate twice a month on the second and fourth Sundays.

MV Morphett Vale Rail


What:  Wilfred Taylor Reserve $1.3M Nature Playground to Be the Biggest in Adelaide’s South

When:    Expected to open mid-2020

Where:  Wilfred Taylor Reserve | Wheatsheaf Road, Morphett Vale

Who:   Playground Fans

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: Artist impression images from the City of Onkaparinga website


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