Glenthorne National Park Master Plan
The transformation of the Glenthorne Precinct follows a master plan that was developed in consultation with the community in 2019.
The master plan identified the need to retain the distinct natural character and functions of each park while enhancing the connections between them, using existing and new infrastructure and creating an accessible and inclusive network of open space.
It mapped out a desire to establish shared-use trails for walking and cycling, as well as the creation of a visitor centre that incorporated cultural and heritage areas, and the construction of a nature play space for children.
The master plan also included recommendations about expanding transport options and facilitating traffic access for more people to visit and enjoy the area.
Major construction of key areas including the visitor hub and facilities, shared use trails, nature play space and Kaurna cultural elements, will be completed in the first half of 2023.
Bringing the master plan to life
A range of specific plans have been developed to bring the master plan to life:
1. Park management plan
A park management plan has been developed and adopted for the long-term management of all parks within the Glenthorne Precinct, including Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta.
2. Interpretation Plan
Physical and digital interpretation (such as signage and audio walking tours) will be rolled out across Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta to help visitors connect with the park’s rich historical and cultural heritage, along with the recreation opportunities on offer. Visitors can expect to see interpretive elements such as a farm trail featuring Kaurna and European history, and a family-oriented nature discovery trail.
3. Trail Plan
A new trail network will be constructed at Glenthorne in the section of the park on the south side of Majors Road. This network will include accessible trails to key sites within the park.
The network will link to other recreational areas and open spaces and the main entry points to the park from the east – including Happy Valley Reservoir, Lander Road and Matthew Street to the south, and Majors Road to the north.
Key lookouts and junction points have also been considered in this process and will complement the interpretation plan for Glenthorne.
4. Ecological restoration plan
Glenthorne’s extensive ecological restoration program is jointly supported by the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund, which includes the restoration of grey box grassy woodland across the southern side of the park.
Approximately 90,000 plants will be propagated to restore this threatened species within Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta, as well as weed control programs and site preparation works across 165 hectares over the next 2 years.
You can contribute to the ecological restoration of Glenthorne through becoming a volunteer and participating in community planting events held during planting season.