Green Space for All project
Residents in ‘walkable’ neighbourhoods are more likely .. to trust others and to be involved socially. (Grattan Institute/Leyden)
Providing open spaces and walking and cycle paths is important to ensuring our neighbourhoods are healthy, liveable places.The State Government is investing $12 million over four years towards the construction of greenways across Adelaide.
Greenways are dedicated cycling and walking routes that improve access and promote active recreation:
- Work has started to install a 15 kilometre greenway from Adelaide to Marino Rocks.
- Other greenways planned for 2013 include completion of the Mike Turtur Bikeway between the city and Glenelg, and greenways following the Outer Harbour and Gawler rail corridors.
The Coast Park is a major State Government initiative, establishing a 70km linear park and pathway for walkers and cyclists along the coastal foreshore of metropolitan Adelaide. In 2013, work on the Henley to Somerton Park, Port Noarlunga to Moana and Henley to Grange Road coast will be undertaken.
Streets for People
Roads account for around 20 per cent of the total built up area in South Australia, and around 18 per cent of this space is exclusively allocated to pedestrians.
The new Streets for People Compendium helps get the balance right between a street’s role as a transport link and a public place for social and commercial interaction. It helps developers make better use of space allotted to pedestrians and its principles make people-friendly streetscapes easier to develop.
Sharing community facilities
Community facilities including green spaces such as sporting ovals, are a valuable resource that bring residents together. Schools often have excellent facilities. A publication will be distributed to all schools in 2013 to support schools in navigating the processes involved in sharing their spaces with the community.
Cycling and walking trail upgrades
Plans are underway for cycling and walking trails to be upgraded in parks around the State. Mountain bikers, horse riders and walkers will all benefit from a new shared trail network in the Sturt Gorge Recreation Park that opened this year, and the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens plans to provide full disability access on their trails.
Trips to 20 parks in South Australian can even be planned on your smart phone with the My Parx app.
My Parx app
My Parx provides information on state and national parks, with maps, opening hours and how to get there. Also check out the interactive tour and audio trail through the Botanic Gardens in the city: