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.
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.