A walking and cycling trail that connects Stebonheath Wetlands to Craigmore is helping kids get to school and giving local residents greater healthy exercise options.
Overall 4.7 kilometres of new block footpath, with linkages, was recently installed from Main North Road to Yorktown Road, significantly extending the trail.
The path, known as the Smith Creek Trail, incorporates the Elephant Walk at Smithfield and connects to the Stuart O’Grady Bikeway (adjacent the Northern Expressway) via Curtis Road, along with creating linkages to Playford neighbourhoods along its length.
The path follows Smith Creek and has created a linear-park-style trail that not only allows greater access to our natural environment, but encourages residents to walk, run, ride their bikes or walk their dogs in a relaxing setting.
A further benefit is that the walking trail, particularly in the Blakeview area provides linkages to the school and childcare cluster at Blakeview that includes Blakeview Primary School, Trinity College and Craigmore High School.
In total, more than 13,200m2 of new Keypave Paver, which is equivalent to over 415,200 pavers, was laid in the project.
This project was funded by Council’s New Footpath Program and supported by a $150,000 grant from Fund My Neighbourhood, Government of South Australia.
Did you know?
Physical activity is widely recognised as being beneficial to our health and well-being. However, six in 10 Australian adults and one in four children are overweight or obese (2011, ABS).
In response, active living is being promoted to integrate physical activity into our daily routine. As well as improving health and well-being, cycling and walking support environmental sustainability, safe communities, robust economies and reduce vehicular traffic congestion.