2021 is set to be a busy year across Adelaide’s newest national park, with lots of exciting projects underway to bring the Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta Master Plan to life.
From planning a trail network to the design and development of an exciting new nature play space and activating an ecological restoration program, here’s the latest update on the projects underway at Glenthorne.
Trail network planning
A concept plan for a trail network in Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta is in the final stages of development, which will outline a range of potential trails and networks across the section of the park on the south side of Majors Road.
The concept planning process will consider how the trail 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 will also be considered in this process and the concept plan will complement the interpretive planning work currently being finalised.
Nature play space
Planning is also underway for an exciting new nature play space at Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta.
The $3.2 million nature play space will be a key feature of Glenthorne and will be jointly funded by the state government and City of Marion, who will contribute $2 million towards the project.
The Department for Environment and Water will engage a landscape architect to provide a concept plan and detailed designs which will include nature play elements and other complementary facilities outlined in the master plan.
Accessibility and inclusivity will be key features of the nature play space and the concept and design will also consider community feedback provided at the open days in 2019, along with input from local school students.
The design will also include paths which will link to other areas of in the park, seating, tables, BBQ facilities and drinking fountains.
Planning is underway for the restoration of Grey Box Grassy Woodland across the southern side of the park as part of Glenthorne’s extensive ecological restoration program which is jointly supported by the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund.
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.
Read more about what’s planned for Glenthorne this year.