World-class sporting hub underway in Glenthorne’s well-known recreation zone

World-class sporting hub underway in Glenthorne’s well-known recreation zone

Con­struc­tion has com­menced on a Union Cycliste Inter­na­tionale com­pli­ant inter­na­tion­al-stan­dard BMX track and soc­cer facil­i­ty in Glen­thorne Nation­al Park-Itya­mai­it­pin­na Yarta.

After years in the mak­ing, con­struc­tion of the $13 mil­lion sports hub is well under­way in the for­mer O’Halloran Hill Recre­ation Park on the north­ern and south­ern sides of Majors Road adja­cent to Adams Road. The north­ern side of Glen­thorne is already well-renowned for its net­work of pop­u­lar moun­tain bike trails.

The BMX track will be the only one of its kind in South Aus­tralia and will be named after World Cham­pi­on BMX rid­er and Olympic sil­ver medal­list Sam Willoughby.

The soc­cer facil­i­ty will include three flood­lit turf pitch­es, clu­b­rooms with a kitchen, bar, and car park­ing. The Sam Willough­by Inter­na­tion­al BMX Track will include a flood­lit track, clu­b­rooms and car park­ing and impor­tant­ly, pub­lic access to toilets.

Glenthorne National Park – BMX and Soccer precinct update

In addi­tion to these facil­i­ties, a pump track will be open to the pub­lic with extra car park­ing spaces, and safe­ty upgrades to Majors Road are also planned.

These facil­i­ties will be deliv­ered in part­ner­ship with the Aus­tralian and South Aus­tralian gov­ern­ments, City of Mar­i­on and City of Onka­paringa. The com­ple­tion date is cur­rent­ly sched­uled between Decem­ber 2021 and Jan­u­ary 2022.

While con­struc­tion is under­way, rid­ers are still wel­come to enjoy the trails on the north­ern side of Glen­thorne Nation­al Park-Itya­mai­it­pin­na Yarta, except the south­ern end of the Haarsmar’s Vision Trail which will be rerout­ed dur­ing con­struc­tion. Vis­it the Nation­al Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice web­site for more information.