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50 Reasons Why Playford's Great (Part 1)

50 Reasons Why Playford's Great (Part 1)
Published 4 January 2017
There are so many great things about living in Playford that we thought we'd compile a list of the top 50.

There are so many great things about living in Playford that we thought we'd compile a list of the top 50.From music to sport and culture, there's something on this list for everyone.In fact, the list is so big that we've decided to break it in half (in no particular order), with the second part appearing tomorrow.If we've missed something, let us know.

Shedley TheatreSince its opening in 1965 the Shedley Theatre has been home to hundreds of annual amateur theatre group and school shows, school holiday productions and matinee performances. Not only that, the theatre has hosted numerous high-profile acts in its lifetime, including, recently, popular magician Matt Tarrant.But it gets better, popular Aussie comedian Dave Hughes will be bringing his show to the Shedley for one night only on February 25. Fremont ParkPlayford’s iconic park is home to ducks and geese, playgrounds and the annual City of Playford Australia Day Celebrations and Christmas Carols. An upgrade of the park is currently under way and will make it an even more welcoming place for family fun. Northern Sound SystemNorthern Sound System (NSS) is Playford’s signature youth development facility, where young people engage with the community and each other through music. The facility features recording studios and live music venues that have provided the beginnings for artists such as MANE and Tkay Maidza. AquadomeThe Aquadome has long been Playford’s local swimming hole, providing swimming lessons, a water slide, aquarobics and just general fun.A recent upgrade includes a new expanded pool deck and family-friendly change room.It has been a place of fun for several generations, as well as providing those all-important swimming lessons. Elizabeth City Centre^ Fireworks celebrated Elizabeth City Centre going under cover.

The Elizabeth City Centre was the region's first undercover shopping centre and for generations of folks has not only been a place to shop, but also a meeting place.The 'Cenna', as it's known, has undergone many changes, with its current design making it the third largest in the state.Check out some of the Elizabeth City Centre's best advertisements. Jo Gapper LookoutJo Gapper Activity Park in Hillbank is home to a newly redeveloped Rotary lookout that provides views of much of Playford. A walking trail takes families through native bushland, including Bush for Life conservation areas. The one or two kilometre loops are suitable for families but are not pram or wheelchair accessible.

Little Para Seed OrchardThe Seed Orchard, at Hillbank, was created as a central site to allow for seed collection to benefit council’s revegetation programs. The orchard also serves as an educational resource and garden for the public to access and enjoy. Seed collection can be undertaken with council permission. Uleybury School MuseumUleybury School was constructed in 1856 and has remained mostly unchanged. School children can step back in time and enjoy the original classroom while learning about the history of the area and playing with old-style toys. Top-notch wineriesAs we’re so near to the Barossa, it’s no surprise Playford is home to some top-notch wineries. You can visit local wineries Uleybury Wines, and Tenafeate Creek Wines, at One Tree Hill, and Virgara Wines, at Angle Vale, where you’ll find many locals enjoying a nip or some lunch on the weekend.Angle Vale bridgeIt may seem strange to include a bridge but the Angle Vale Bridge is the last surviving bridge of its kind in the country. The heritage-listed timber-laminated bridge is one of the largest and oldest in the state. Huge variety of playgrounds^ There is so much fun to be had in Playford's playgrounds. Playford is home to close to 100 playgrounds varying from large activity parks such as at Stebonheath to small local playgrounds throughout the suburbs. There is something for everyone, including accessible options and equipment for different levels of ability. The Playford Alive Town Park is so good, it recently won a national award.Grenville HubThe Grenville Community Connections Hub provides a broad range of services for people over the age of 50. These include recreational activities, educational forums and events, respite and Home Assist services, and entertainment. The Grenville Café is open Monday to Friday for morning and afternoon tea, along with the Grenville Meals program. When is it being closed?

Grenville volunteers get rewarded

John McVeity CentreThe John McVeity Centre is Playford’s state-of-the-art community recreation facility. It includes two indoor courts, a gym and fitness room, community room, café, outdoor facilities and a crèche. The community can visit the centre and enjoy sports and leisure activities. Stolen Generation Memorial and Healing GardenAfter ‘The Apology’ to the Stolen Generation in 2008, the Circle of Hope was started by two Stolen Generation Aboriginal women from Playford as a support group. The garden is a place of remembrance and reflection, as well as acknowledgement of the Stolen Generation experience. Smith Creek TrailThe Smith Creek Trail was redeveloped in 2013 with the help of children at local primary schools. The trail is a family-friendly path winding from Smithfield Plains to Stebonheath Park. The artwork along the trail, as well as maps and markers, was designed by local children, making the walk an engaging place for all families. Mayfair Safe Ride Park^ Learn to ride safely at Mayfair Safe Ride Park. This safe ride park at Andrews Farm is the first of its kind in the north and allows children a safe place to learn to ride their bikes. It features replica road signs, bitumen pathways and a pretend school and petrol station. This park provides a fun and safe place for children and is certainly a unique concept. $10 movies at Reading CinemasUntil Reading Cinemas opened up shop in 2005, Playford residents didn’t have a local cinema. Now with Reading offering $10 movie tickets, Playford families always have something to do, even when the weather odds are against them. Para Wirra Conservation Park^ Para Wirra Conservation Park features walking trails and picnic grounds, as well as some old mine sites. Part of the Para Wirra Conservation Park sits in the City of Playford, providing families with a location perfect for year-round activities. The park is the perfect spot for summer picnics and sport, while the more difficult hikes are recommended as a winter challenge. Sports Precinct – Adelaide United Training Facility Playford’s new $55 million sports precinct is home to a training facility for A-League champions Adelaide United. The facility sometimes hosts meet-and-greet sessions for fans and allows people to watch training sessions. Developments on the sports precinct also includes a new tennis centre, which is well under way, and a lawn bowls centre.Work on the tennis centre at Elizabeth East is progressing rapidly, with the facility expected to be opened later this year and capable of hosting events right up to Davis Cup standard. North Lakes golf courseNorth Lakes is Playford’s only golf course and certainly doesn’t disappoint. It features nine holes and plenty of facilities for players, including juniors. Central District Football ClubPlayford’s resident SANFL team Central District calls My Money House Oval in Elizabeth home. After winning nine SANFL flags between 2000 and 2010, Centrals have definitely earned their place in the heart of Playford.Coach Roy Laird is considered one of the greatest mentors in SANFL history, while the much-loved (or hated, depending on your allegiances) Gowans brothers, Chris and James, have nine league premierships between them - only Port Adelaide legend Geof Motley has as many.The club has also produced the great John Platten, a Magarey and Brownlow medallist, and icons such as Rudi Mandemaker and Wilbur Wilson (check him out in action below). Adelaide International RacewayPlayford is home to the Adelaide International Raceway, a permanent circuit in Virginia. The raceway holds numerous motorsport events, including drag racing, drifts and other competition.

Kangaroo Paw Olive Oil and SundryThe international award-winning Kangaroo Paw Olive Oil and Sundry is located in Virginia, allowing Playford residents easy access to the ‘perfect olive oil'.

Kangaroo Paw works closely with academics at the University of Adelaide to ensure the perfection of the products, whilst sustainably managing the environment surrounding its grove. Local farms and nurseriesPlayford is home to numerous farms and nurseries, growing anything from flowers for sale to lettuce to almonds and olives. This means that not only does Playford have a huge agricultural industry but there is always plenty of freshly grown produce available. Australia Day ^ Australia Day in Fremont Park is a massive event held annually by the City of Playford. The City of Playford proudly hosts a huge Australia Day event at which the efforts of our community's top contributors are heralded. The event is held in Fremont Park and features a barbecue breakfast and live entertainment for people of all ages provided between 8am and midday.The highlight of the morning, though, is always the announcement of the City of Playford's citizen of the year. Humbug Scrub Wildlife SanctuaryHumbug Scrub Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the oldest sanctuary in South Australia and provides visitors with an opportunity to hand feed freely roaming kangaroos and emus. The sanctuary is dedicated to preserving native flora and fauna and is staffed completely by volunteers.