As part of the City of Playford’s commitment to building an active and connected community, draft concept designs have been prepared for an upgrade of Dwight Reserve North at Elizabeth Downs and a brand new neighbourhood park on Peerless Road at Munno Para West.
The designs aim to provide open spaces for people to gather, socialise and be active, adding to Playford’s broad offering of parks and playgrounds.
“We know that people experience increased wellbeing when they spend time outside in spaces that look and feel nice,” said City of Playford Mayor, Glenn Docherty.
“We are committed to building opportunities for our community to connect outdoors; it is a key focus of our Annual Business Plan for 2022/23.
“To ensure we have the right mix of facilities available at both Munno Para West and Elizabeth Downs, we are now asking for community feedback on the draft designs for the two parks, with engagement running for the next 28 days.”
A new place to play in Munno Para West
Peerless Road Reserve
In 2021, Council secured land on the corner of Peerless and Tatura Roads at Munno Para West, to develop a new neighbourhood park for this growing area of the city.
“Munno Para West has experienced rapid residential growth,” said Mayor Docherty. “Council’s long-term planning identified the need for more outdoor play areas in this part of the city, and we have worked over several years to identify - then secure - the right piece of land to develop this much-needed neighbourhood park.
“We know this is something that is really wanted by the local community and it is exciting to be at the stage where we are talking about the features people would like in the reserve’s design.”
The plan for Peerless Road Reserve includes play equipment for all abilities and ages, adventure obstacle course, nature play and park amenities such as BBQs, seating, drinking fountain, carparking and toilets so visitors can stay a little longer. Surrounding the playspace will be green garden beds offering natural boundaries to the park.
Updates in Elizabeth Downs
Dwight Reserve North
Already a popular park for locals, Dwight Reserve North will receive an upgrade as part of the first stage of improving this large reserve.
“We are very excited to see this space revamped into a more family-friendly area which will encourage more people to use the reserve,” Mayor Docherty said. “This stage of the upgrade aims to improve the informal recreation facilities, like the play equipment and BBQ area.”
The draft plan includes a multi-sports court, bike track, all ability and ages play equipment and a sheltered BBQ area.
“Hearing from the community will help us prioritise which parts of the upgrade to deliver as part of this first stage, which is being funded by the South Australian Government as part of an election commitment.
“Feedback will also help us formulate what future stages might look like and prioritisation of those works.”
The engagement period for both reserves runs from Wednesday 19 October to Tuesday 15 November, 2022. It includes an online survey for people to complete as well as face-to-face feedback opportunities. For information on how to be involved visit playford.engagementhub.com.au or call Council 8256 0333