Adelaide Park Lands

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Coordinates: 34°54′S 138°36′E / 34.9°S 138.6°E / -34.9; 138.6

Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka (Park 14), a popular part of the Park Lands
Flower bed in the Adelaide Park Lands
Gum trees in Adelaide's South Park Lands

The Adelaide Park Lands are the figure-eight of land spanning both banks of the River Torrens between Hackney and Thebarton and separating the City of Adelaide from the surrounding suburbia of greater Metropolitan Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. They were laid out by Colonel William Light in his design for the city, and originally consisted of 2,300 acres (930 ha) "exclusive of 32 acres (13 ha) for a public cemetery".[1] One copy of Light's plan shows areas for a cemetery and a Post and Telegraph Store[2] on West Tce, a small Government Domain and Barracks on the central part of North Tce, a hospital on East Tce, a Botanical Garden on the River Torrens west of North Adelaide, and a school and a storehouse southwest of North Adelaide.[3]

Over the years there has been constant encroachment on the park lands by the state govenment and others. Soon after their declaration in 1837, 370 acres (150 ha) "were lost to 'Govenment Reserves'".[4] In 1902, The Herald noted that a total area of 489 acres (198 ha) had been taken from park lands.[1][5] In 2018, the loss is about 230 hectares (570 acres).[4]

The part of the Park Lands not in the 'Government Reserves' have been managed and maintained by the Adelaide City Council since 1852,[6] and since February 2007, the Adelaide Park Lands Authority has advised council and government.[7][8]

On 7 November 2008 the Federal Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, announced that the Adelaide Park Lands had been entered in the Australian National Heritage List as "an enduring treasure for the people of South Australia and the nation as a whole".[9] In fact, large areas of the Adelaide Park Lands along the north side of the complete length of North Tce, and along the north side of Port Road from West Tce to the Thebarton Police Barracks, (in Parks 11, 12, 26 and 27), and also the rail reserves, (in Parks 25, 26 and 27), were excluded from the "Adelaide Park Lands and City Layout National Heritage Place" listing.[10]

History

Adelaide is a planned city, and the Adelaide Park Lands are an integral part of Colonel William Light's 1837 plan.[11][3] Light chose a site spanning the River Torrens, (which runs through the Park Lands), and planned the city to fit the topography of the landscape, 'on rising ground'.

The Emigration Regulations appearing in the South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register published in London on 18 June 1836 instructed that the site of the first town be divided into 1,000 sections of an acre each.[12]

In early 1837, William Light proposed to the Resident Commissioner James Hurtle Fisher that the figure-eight of open space, which Light later referred to as 'Adelaide Park', be reserved as 'Park grounds'.[11] Despite superficial similarities between [South] Adelaide and William Penn's design of Philadelphia, there is no evidence that Light was influenced by, or even knew of, the plan of Philadelphia. Light drew up a plan that included 700 "town acres" south of the River Torrens and 342 in North Adelaide.[3] In addition, he included 38 acres (15 ha) of city squares: Hindmarsh, Hurtle, Light, Whitmore and Wellington Squares (each comprising six acres), Victoria Square (eight acres), four one-acre Public Reserves (with frontages to Victoria Square), and 2,300 acres for the Adelaide Park Lands.[3]

In 1838 the Colonization Commissioners for South Australia authorised South Australia's Resident Commissioner to purchase the Adelaide Park Lands,[13] and these instructions were carried out in South Australia in 1839.[14]

By 1839 the Park Lands were threatened by extensive timber cutting, rubbish dumping, brick-making, quarrying, squatting, and grazing. To check this, a body of special constables was instituted on 9 October 1839 by George Gawler and Superintendent Henry Inman. Inman appointed Nick Boys Bull (c.1800-1846), formerly a police sub-inspector, as Keeper of the Park Lands. Bull led an initial team of six park rangers, most being convalescent migrants thrown on government support.[15] This dropped to two by 1840, then back to four by June 1841. Pay and rations were provided by the police department.[16]

Since 1852, the areas of the Park Lands placed in the custodianship of the municipal corporation have been managed and maintained by the Adelaide City Council. Public use of the Park Lands was controlled by a ranger who patrolled the parks, regulating sporting and recreational activities in the parks and supervising the depasturing of stock grazing there.[6]

The Park Lands saw development during the 19th Century, for example the Adelaide Botanic Garden, hospital, South Australian Institute, Adelaide Oval, Victoria Park Racecourse.[citation needed] Extensive felling of trees, quarrying and dumping of rubbish continued, which combined to give the Park Lands an unsightly appearance. In the late 19th century John Ednie Brown, the government's Conservator of Forests, was commissioned by the City Council to prepare a blueprint for the beautification of the Park Lands. Brown presented his Report in 1880, but it was not acted upon until the turn of the 20th century when A.W. Pelzer became the City Gardener. Major progress was made in planting and landscaping the Park Lands during his tenure (1899–1932) and further improvements such as creation of new gardens and boating lakes were carried under the authority of W.C.D. Veale, the Town Clerk (1947–1965).[6]

Park Lands today

In the 2010s, about 25% of the Park Lands are the location of government, public and cultural buildings. Of the remaining approximately 700 hectares, many parts have been sculpted into planned gardens and playing fields. Some of the remainder is remnant or regenerated Adelaide Plains grasslands or grassy woodlands,[17] of which 230 hectares have been deignated and developed by the city council as areas for native fauna and flora. Developments in the early 2000s focused on maintenance and upgrading of recreational facilities, and removal of remnant grasslands and open grassy woodlands, particularly through urbanisation and the Greening of Adelaide tree planting and replacement programs.[6]

In the early 2000s there were proposals to redevelop Park16 (Victoria Park), with the construction of a grandstand to cater for the Clipsal 500 and horse racing events. Due to lobbying by local resident groups, the Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association, the media and many residents of greater Adelaide, this plan was eventually rejected by the Adelaide City Council and subsequently no longer pursued by the South Australian Government.

In December 2006 the state government passed the Adelaide Park Lands Act 2005, which established the Adelaide Park Lands Authority and a series of statutory protections for the Park Lands. At the time the Act was proclaimed, Premier Mike Rann announced that a major return of alienated Park Lands would be made at the western edge of the city. The area to be returned lies between Railway Terrace, Port Road and the railway lines.[where?][18]

In 2011 Rann unveiled the plans for the return to Park Lands of 5.5 hectares of land at the west end of Park 25, occupied since 1879 by the Thebarton Water Depot]]. The land, which was treeless grasslands prior to European settlement, was developed and landscaped with more than 23,000 trees and shrubs as an 'urban forest'. It features indigenous species including native pine.[19] In 2017–2018, land at the east end of Park 25 has been used by the South Australian Cricket Association for the development of the Karen Rolton Oval and associated facilities including car parking.

Parks

Adelaide and North Adelaide are surrounded by the Park Lands. Town acres are shown in pink, open park land in green, and built-up areas of park land in grey.
Above map with Park numbers added.

Although it is a single park, for management purposes the Adelaide City Council has used the last two digits of survey sections as labels to identify smaller areas within the Adelaide Park Lands. In some, but not all, cases, roadways crossing over the Park Lands coincide with the survey section boundaries that gave rise to council's numbering (from "Park 1" to "Park 29"). The numbering starts in the North Park Lands (at the Adelaide Golf Links), and increases clockwise around the perimeter. Some of the parks are more commonly known by a commemorative name (e.g. Rymill Park), but others, particularly Park 10, are still known mostly by their number.

In the period late-1990s–early-2000s, each park was assigned a name as suggested by the Kaurna people; erection of signs in each of the parks was completed on 30 June 2004.[20] These spellings were revised in the 2010s,[21] and in addition, the numbered parks that didn't already have an English name were assigned one.[22][23] However, the original English names assigned in the 19th century remain almost universally used.

Park 1: Possum Park / Pirltawardli

Kaurna Park Name & translation: Pirltawardli[24] 'possum place'[20] (Pirltawardli/Piltawodli - 'pilta' = possum, and 'wodli' = house or home.)[25][21] 76 hectares.[26]

Of an irregular shape, Possum Park / Pirltawardli wraps around the western end of North Adelaide in a vaguely crescent or banana shape. The southern and western boundaries are provided by War Memorial Drive. The eastern boundary, from south to north, is formed by Montefiore Rd, the western end of North Adelaide (i.e. Strangways Terrace, Mills Tce and Barton Tce West) and Jeffcott Rd. The northern boundary is formed by Park Tce.

Contains the Adelaide Golf Links.

Park 2: Denise Norton Park / Pardipardinyilla

Pardipardinyilla[27] 'swimming place'[28][21][20] 17 hectares[29] Denise Norton was the first South Australian to represent Australia at the Olympic or Commonwealth Games – in the sport of swimming.[27]

Approximately square, the park is bounded by Fitzroy Tce (to the north), Prospect Rd (to the east), Barton Tce West (to the south) and Jeffcott Rd (to the west).

The Park provides a range of formal and informal facilities for cricket, swimming, tennis and family picnics. The north-west corner of the Park contains the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, picnic facilities and the Bush Magic playground. The remainder of the Park includes sporting facilities, open space and vegetation (designed and semi-natural landscapes).

  • The Adelaide Swimming Centre was relocated to this Park in 1968/9 to replace the old City Baths on the current site of the Festival Centre. It was renovated, enclosed and renamed Adelaide Aquatic Centre in 1985. It was renovated again in 1998.
  • The Bush Magic Play Park was designed in 1988, and is important as a precedent for the contemporary generation of play spaces around the Park Lands and metropolitan Adelaide. It was the first play park in SA to incorporate wheelchair access.
  • Sporting facilities, which are currently held under an annual licence to Blackfriars Priory School, include change rooms, five playing fields and four tennis courts. The licence covers an area of approximately 35% of the Park. The school has first right of use of these areas on weekday afternoons after school, and on Saturday mornings.

Park 3: Yam Daisy Park / Kantarilla

Kantarilla[30] 'kandara root place'[31][21][20] 3.3 hectares[32]

A small triangle bounded by Prospect Rd (west), Fitzroy Tce (north) and Main North Rd (east).

Contains open park.

Park 4: Reservoir Park / Kangatilla

Kangatilla[33] 'kangatta berry place'[34][21][20] 9.4 hectares[32]

Approximately pentagonal, bounded by O'Connell St (west), Main North Rd (north-west), Lefevre Rd (north-east and east) and Barton Tce East (south).

Contains open and wooded park, with SA Water facilities at the western end. The former Fitzroy Croquet Club was located in the northern corner of the Park, and there were two ovals in the middle of the Park. The main structure of the SA Water facilities is a State Heritage-listed earth-covered reservoir, dating from the 1870s, that stores and supplies water to Adelaide. Associated with this are a two-storey red brick pumping station, a small brick pumping station "heavily painted in Brunswick green", and an electricity sub-station.[32][33]

Park 5: Bragg Park / Ngampa Yarta

Ngampa Yarta[35] 'ngampa root ground'[36][21][20][32] In the late 1800s, Nobel Prize winners and University of Adelaide academics Sir William Henry Bragg and his son, Sir William Lawrence Bragg, lived nearby.[35]

Of irregular shape, the park is bounded by Robe Terrace (NE), Medindie Road (SE), Lefevre Road (W) and Main North Road (NW).

Contains two small ovals, surrounded by wooded park. There is also a Tree Planting Memorial, erected in 1982 by the North Adelaide Society, to recognise the community tree planting efforts in the locality.[32]

Park 6: Lefevre Park / Nantu Wama

Nantu Wama[37] 'horse plain'[20] or 'male grey kangaroo plain'[38][21][39] One of Lefevre Park's borders is Lefevre Terrace; Sir J G Shaw-Lefevre (1797–1879), a British barrister, Whig politician and civil servant, was one of South Australia’s colonisation commissioners.[37]

Roughly trapeziodal, the park is bounded by Robe Terrace (NNE), Kingston Terrace (SE), Lefevre Terrace (WSW) and Medindie Road (NW).

Contains open park, mainly used for horse agistment. There are three main paddocks, four feeding yards, five horse troughs, and a number of sandpits for the horses to roll in. There is a limit of 20 horses, and those licensed pay a weekly fee. (In 2005, the fee was $19.50 per week.)[39] According to the adelaideparklands.com.au website, "100,000 kg of horse manure is deposited by the resident horses on this park each year".[37]

The open areas are surrounded by woodland. There is a playground on the western boundary (Lefevre Tce), one of the three Glover Playgrounds originally built in 1920, which also contains BBQ facilities and wide lawn spaces. The eastern third contains assorted playing fields, changing rooms, tennis courts and netball courts. Wilderness School holds a licence for eight tennis courts (also marked for netball), one cricket oval, two cricket practice nets, and three hockey/softball ovals. In 2005, there was also a green-painted brick structure with a flat roof, erected in the late 1960s, which "appears to have an undefined purpose and use".[39]

Park 7: The Olive Groves / Kuntingga

Kuntingga[40] 'kunti root place'[20][41][21] (Park 7)[42]

Park 8: The Olive Groves / Parngutilla

Parngutilla[43] 'barngutta root place'[20][44][21] (Park 8)[42]

Parks 7 and 8 are small and elongated parks, with a combined area of 4.7 hectares, separating the east end of lower North Adelaide from Gilberton, and contain heritage listed olive groves. They act effectively as an enlarged median strip, with the major ring route of Park Terrace (southbound) and Mann Road (northbound) traversing the perimeter of both parks.[42]

These parks were one of the first sites for the (European settlers) plantings of olives, and are the only section of the Park Lands that have kept the same use since the Council took over formal care of the Park Lands in the 1860s. The olive plantation is listed as a State Heritage Place.[42]

Park 9: Bundey's Paddock / Tidlangga

Tidlangga[45] 'tidla root place'[20][46][21][47] William Bundey (1826–1889) was the Mayor of Adelaide 1883-1886.[45]

A triangular shape, bounded by Mackinnon Parade (NE), Bundeys Road (S) and Hackney Road (W).

Contains assorted playing fields and changing rooms. An oval is licensed to Prince Alfred College on Saturday afternoons and Thursday evenings. In the past, contained a number of grass and bitumen tennis courts which have fallen into dis-repair and been removed.[47]

Park 10: Bulrush Park / Warnpangga

Warnpangga[48] 'bullrush root place'[20][49][21] 19 hectares[50]

Bounded by War Memorial Drive, Bundey's Road, MacKinnon Road, MacKinnon Parade, Finnis and Frome Road.

The Park is dominated by a number of sporting ovals and associated facilities licensed to the University of Adelaide, including a tennis pavilion, a grandstand, and changing rooms.

The Park also contains:

  • The Adelaide Archery Club rooms, in the north eastern corner of the Park.
  • The University Loop, a well used 2.2 km gravel running track, which encircles part of the Park.
  • The Adelaide City Council Organic Recycling Depot/Nursery, (approx 1.6 hectares), comprising: an Office Building, 3 sheds, 6 glass houses, a shade house, and 6 propagating plant frames.
  • The Lower North Adelaide Soldiers’ Memorial Garden, located in the north of the Park.
  • A number of sculptures, located in 1994 on the edge of the River Torrens.
  • A small playground

Park 11: Mistletoe Park / Tainmuntilla

Tainmuntilla[51] 'mistletoe place'[20][52][21][50]

A quite large piece of land bounded by the River Torrens (north), Hackney Rd (east), North Terrace (south), and Frome Rd (west). It contains the Zoological Gardens, the Botanic Gardens, the Botanic Park, the Wine Centre, Frome Park / Nellie Raminyermmerin Park,[53] the old Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) site, the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science (IMVS), the old Medical School of the University of Adelaide site, and several University of South Australia buildings.

Park 12: Red Gum Park / Karrawirra

Karrawirra[54] 'river red gum forest'[20] ('karra' = red gum tree, 'wirra' = forest)[55][21][56]

Contains many buildings, parks, memorials and statues – see Park 12 for a more complete list.

Park 12 is bisected by the river. The northern part contains the Peace Park, the Cross of Sacrifice, Pennington Gardens East, Angas Gardens, several boat-houses and and several University playing fields. The southern part contains Grundy Gardens, the University of South Australia (City East campus), the University of Adelaide (main campus), Prince Henry Gardens, the Art Gallery, the Museum, the State Library, the War Memorial, Government House, the Torrens Parade Ground, Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens, Esther Lipman Gardens, Jolly's Boat House, the Boer War Memorial, the Jubilee 150 Walkway, numerous statues, and quite a lot of other odds and ends.

Park 13: Rundle Park / Kadlitpina

Kadlitpina/Kadlitpinna[57] 'Captain Jack'[20] - named after the Kaurna elder painted by George French Angas.[58][21][59] John Rundle (1791–1864) was a British Whig politician and businessman who was one of the original directors and financiers of the South Australia Company.

Since 2000, in February/March of most years, the park has been the site of the Garden of Unearthly Delights.[60]

Park 14: Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka

Murlawirrapurka/Mullawirraburka[61] 'King John'[20] - named after Kaurna "King" of the Aldinga-Willunga area.[62][21][63] Sir Arthur Rymill (1907–1989) was Lord Mayor of Adelaide 1950-1953.[61]

Park 15: King Rodney Park / Ityamai-itpina

Ityamaiitpinna[64] 'King Rodney'[20] - one of the three main Kaurna elders with whom the colonists negotiated.[65][21][66]

Contains one of the three Glover Playgrounds.

Park 16: Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi

Pakapakanthi/Bakkabakkandi[67] 'to trot: a term applied to horses'[20][68][21] 72ha[69]

This park used to contain the Victoria Park Racecourse. Contains part of the Adelaide Street Circuit, et al.

Park 17: Carriageway Park / Tuthangga

Elms Avenue, Park 17, Adelaide Park Lands.jpg

Tuttangga[70] 'grass place'[20][71][21][72] A feature of the park is an avenue of elm trees planted in the 1860s which line a former carriageway.[22][70]

The Park Lands Creek runs through the park. Historically (since 1837) the park was the site of Elm Avenue, Desert Ash Avenue and an Engineering and Water Supply (E&WS) reservoir. There are numerous licencees of sporting facilities and clubrooms including the SA Dog Obedience Club, the SA Croque Club, et al.[72]

Park 18: Peppermint Park / Wita Wirra

Wita Wirra[73] 'peppermint grove/place'[20] (wita 'peppermint tree' + wirra 'forest; bush')[74][21][75]

Contains Himeji Gardens, Osmond Gardens, et al.

Park 19: Pelzer Park / Pityarilla

Pityarilla/Pityarilla[76] 'marshmallow root place'[20][77][21] 23ha[78] August Pelzer was Adelaide’s city gardener from 1899 to 1932.[76]

A large triangular park bounded by Glen Osmond Road. The Park Lands Creek runs across the middle of the Park. Open park and playing fields. Also contains The Marshmallow Park recreation hub.[78]

In 2005 there were leases and licences to: Adelaide City Junior Soccer Club for five soccer pitches and club rooms; St Aloysius College for four tennis courts and change rooms; Adelaide Comets Soccer Club for a single soccer pitch and "building".[78]

Park 20: Blue Gum Park / Kurangga

Kurrangga[79] 'blue gum place'[20][80][21] 30.1ha[81]

Contains a boule/petanque area, assorted playing fields, a mountain-bike / BMX-bike track, one of the three Glover Playgrounds, et al.

Licences and leases include Pulteney Grammar School (6 ovals, cricket nets, 3 lawn tennis courts, 2 grass volley ball courts, and facilities), Adelaide Harriers Athletics Club (athletics oval / running track), Club d’Petanque d’Adelaide, and others.[81]

Park 21: Veale Park / Walyu Yarta

Veale Park contains Veale Gardens.

Walyu Yarta[82] 'walyu root ground'[20][83][21] 31ha[84]

Contains Veale Gardens, assorted playing fields, et al.

Park 21W: Golden Wattle Park / Mirnu Wirra

Princess Elizabeth Playground, Park21W, Adelaide Park Lands.jpg

Mirnu Wirra[85] 'golden wattle grove'[20][86][21] 31ha[87] Contains Princess Elizabeth Plaground, Lundie Gardens, assorted playing fields, et al.

Park 22: Josie Agius Park / Wikaparntu Wirra

Wikaparntu Wirra / Wikaparndo Wirra[88] 'netball park'[20] (wika 'net' + parndo 'ball' + wirra 'forest; bush')[89][21] 15.1ha[90] Josie Agius was a Kaurna elder who supported girls' sport.[88]

Contains about 20 netball courts, a small amount of aged seating for spectators, and a building containing a small kiosk, netball administration rooms and a toilet block.

Park 23: G S Kingston Park / Wirrarninthi

G S Kingston Park contains Kingston Gardens.

Wirrarninthi / Warranendi[91] 'to become transformed into a green and forested area'.[20][92][21] 57.43 ha[93] Sir George Strickland Kingston was Deputy Surveyor-General under Colonel Light, one of the party that discovered the River Torrens, and first Speaker of the South Australian House of Assembly.[91]

Contains Edwards Park, West Terrace Cemetery, Kingston Gardens, West Terrace playground, et al.

The park is divided into northern and southern areas by the cemetery. The cemetery is a State Heritage Place managed by the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority, which reports to the State Government. The southern part of the park, used between 1939 and 2000 by the South Australian Netball Association, is called Edwards Park, named after Councillor A.A. Edwards.[93]

Park 24: Ellis Park / Tampawardli

Ellis Park is one of the parks in Park 24.

Tampawardli[94] Tampawardli/Tambawodli 'plain place'[20][95][21] 35.7ha[96] Val Bertram Harold Ellis served as City of Adelaide Director of Parks and Recreation from 1966-83.[94]

Contains the State Heritage-listed Adelaide High School buildings and assorted sports grounds. It was the site of the former, now demolished, Emigration Square 1837-1849, the former Observatory, and the Post and Telegraph Store (off West Terrace) depicted in Colonel Light's 1837 Plan for Adelaide.[3][94][96]

Park 25: Gladys Elphick Park / Narnungga

Narnungga[97] 'native pine place'[20][98][21] 24ha[99] Gladys Elphick MBE was a Kaurna elder who, among other things, was founding president of the Council of Aboriginal Women of South Australia (1964-73).[97]

The park is bisected by the Adelaide-Melbourne railway line. The eastern part contains assorted sports grounds, including the Karen Rolton Oval at the east end of the park. Until the buildings were demolished in November 2010, the park also contained SA Water land and buildings on the western side of the railway line;[100] this western section has since been revegetated.

Park 26: Adelaide Oval / Tarntanya Wama

Although Adelaide Oval dominates the north part of the park, there are many other parks, gardens and buildings on both sides of the River Torrens in Park 26.

Tarntanya Wama / Tarndanya Womma[101] 'Adelaide plain/oval' ('tarnda' = red kangaroo, 'kanya' = rock and 'womma' = plain/oval.)[20][102][21] 54.1ha[103]

Like Park 12, it is bisected by the River Torrens. The northern part contains the Adelaide Oval, Creswell Gardens, Memorial Drive Park, Pinky Flat, Oval Number 2, Stella Bowen Park, Light's Vision and Pennington Gardens West. The southern part contains Parliament House, Old Parliament House, Adelaide railway station, the Casino, the Riverbank development, the Convention Centre, assorted boat houses, the Festival Centre and Elder Park

Park 27: Bonython Park / Tulya Wardli

Park 27 / Tulya Wardli contains a number of parks, only one of which is Bonython Park; Park 27 also contains many other features.

Tulya Wardli / Tulya Wodli[104] 'Police barracks'[20][105][21] 118 ha[106]

The park is made up of a number of separate sections, several of which have "land managers" which are not the City of Adelaide. A strip of land between the river and the railway yards west of the Morphett Street Bridge, given to the council in the 1990s contained contaminated land.[106]

Park 27 is a large irregular shaped area bounded by the tram line (West Tce & Port Rd - south, south-west, west), Park Tce (north-west), Memorial Drive (north-east, east, north-east, north) and the Morphett St Bridge (east). It is disected by railway lines and the River Torrens, and much of the south-eastern part of the park is occupied by the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and Medical Research and Teaching precincts, and is not accessible to the public.

It is planned that should the Women and Children's Hospital be moved from North Adelaide, it will be relocated onto what is currently publicly accessible park land in Park 27. There are also plans for a second SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute) building and a private hospital.[107]

The park contains the Torrens Weir, restaurant and Par 3 putting course, the Dame Roma Mitchell Gardens, the Old Adelaide Gaol, the Bonython Park, the John E Brown Park,[108] the Mary Lee Park, the Helen Mayo Park, the Kate Cocks Park, the Deceased Workers Memorial Forest[109][110] the Thebarton Police Barracks, the Road Safety School, the remainder of the Railway Yard (the bulk of which was relocated to Dry Creek), assorted broad gauge and standard gauge railway lines and bridges, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute), assorted hospital and University buildings on the former site of the City Sk8 Park, six Tennis Courts, some boat houses and Rowing Clubs' clubhouses, etc.[100]

Park 28: Palmer Gardens / Pangki Pangki

Pangki Pangki[111] Pangki Pangki was a Kaurna person who was a tracker and guide.[20][112][21][113] Colonel George Palmer (1799-1883) was a South Australian Colonisation Commissioner.[111]

Park 29: Brougham Gardens / Tantutitingga

Tantutitingga/Tandotittingga[114] 'Native lilac place'[20][115][21][116] Lord Brougham (1778-1868) was Lord High Chancellor of the United Kingdom and founder of the London University.[114]

Brougham Gardens are surrounded by Brougham Place, North Adelaide.

Planned parks

Other parks are the location for institutions requiring large expanses of turf or other greenery. Planned parks such as these include:

Buildings/institutions within the Park Lands

* North Terrace forms the southern boundary of these establishments.

Now-demolished buildings/structures which were built on the Park Lands include:

Park Land preservation movement

Since the Park Lands were set apart by William Light as part of his original 1837 Plan of the City of Adelaide, and intended by the city founders to be reserved as public walks in perpetuity, any development can be seen to go against the founding ambitions for Adelaide and be a source of controversy in the community.

In response to incessant pressure and erosion, there have been many defenders of the Adelaide Park Lands. In 1987 a public meeting was held, which resulted in the formation of the Adelaide Parklands Preservation Association Inc, (APPA), which later corrected its name to Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association Inc.[117] Examples of such pressure and erosion are listed on APPA's "Hot Topics" page.[118]

An example of one such source of controversy is the Victoria Park racecourse and associated areas south-east of the city centre which have been used for motor racing events for short periods of each year. In 2008 these parts of the park lands were targeted for development, incurring opposition from members of the community.[119][120] The proposed plans included construction of a permanent corporate facility to provide hospitality and spectator facilities to select groups at events such as the Adelaide 500 motor racing event.

On 30 August 2007 veteran Adelaide heritage consultant and conservation architect Ron Danvers[121][122] said it was "a myth" that Adelaide's founding fathers created the parklands (sic) exclusively for open space, and that it was "self-evident" that Colonel William Light's 1837 plan of Adelaide envisaged development of facilities beyond the CBD.[123] In a submission to the Adelaide City Council,[123] Mr Danvers said the state Government's $55 million plan for a grandstand at Victoria Park for horse and motor racing was "completely consistent with the founding principles for the city". "Under Light's direction, the intention to locate public facilities outside of the main street grid is beyond question", he said in a report commissioned by developers KBR.[123][124]

Subsequently, numerous counter-arguments demonstrated the fallacies in those points of view, and the proposal was dropped.[125][126][127][128][129][130]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "The Park Lands". The Herald. 6 September 1902. p. 7 – via Trove. 
  2. ^ CLMP for Tambawodli (Park 24), p. 6
  3. ^ a b c d e Margaret Anderson (31 December 2013). "Light's Plan of Adelaide 1837". adelaidia.sa.gov.au. History SA. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
    The page contains a copy of one of the two surviving original plans drawn in 1837. Quote: "It is a watercolour and ink plan, drawn by 16-year-old draughtsman Robert George Thomas to instructions from Light. ... The streets were named by a Street Naming Committee that met on 23 May 1837, indicating that this plan must have been completed after that date."
    Copy of William Light's Plan of Adelaide, 1837, Held by the History Trust of South Australia, HT2001.166, adelaidia.sa.gov.au
  4. ^ a b Fiction and Facts about the Adelaide Park Lands, Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association.
  5. ^ In 1902, The Herald noted that a total area of 489 acres (198 ha) had been taken from park lands, made up of a Government reserve of 312 acres (126 ha) (the area from the Botanic Gardens in the east to the Railway Station and yards in the west), the cemetery (60 acres (24 ha)), the goal (19 acres (7.7 ha)), water & sewage support facilities 21 acres (8.5 ha)), and railway land (71 acres (29 ha)). The Herald, 6 September 1902, p. 7
  6. ^ a b c d "Park Lands: Source Sheet No. 23" (PDF). Adelaide City Council Archives. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-05-16. 
  7. ^ Jim Daly (March 2007). "New Authority meets" (PDF). Parklands News. Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association (26): 2.  Archived 15 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Charter" (PDF). Adelaide Park Lands Authority. Adelaide City Council. December 2006.  Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Hon. Peter Garrett, Media Release 7 November 2008.
  10. ^ The Adelaide Park Lands and City Layout National Heritage Place, www.environment.gov.au. Map of City of Adelaide showing the park lands and the areas excluded (white) from the listing.
  11. ^ a b William Light, sketch map of the site of Adelaide c.Feb 1837
  12. ^ Regulation No.7 within: "Management and Sale of Land - Emigration Regulations". South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register. 18 June 1836. p. 4 – via Trove. 
  13. ^ Colonization Commissioners Dispatch to the Resident Commissioner, 1838; State Records of South Australia.
  14. ^ Bills Payable, Colonization Commissioners for South Australia, 1839; State Records of South Australia.
  15. ^ House of Lords Sessional Papers (Colonial Dept), 1840, p 187
  16. ^ Inman: first commander of the SA Police, by Max Slee (Adelaide, 2010), pp 57,138
  17. ^ Adrian Shackley. "Understanding pre-European Adelaide plains and foothills vegetation associations-managing remnants and recreating grasslands" (PDF). p. Slide 2 – via City of Salisbury, South Australia. 
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  19. ^ Greg Kelton (24 August 2011). "Park project will transform site". AdelaideNow. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae "Kaurna Place Naming". Adelaide City Council, c. late 2004, archived 16 January 2012. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae "Sign Sites". Kaurna Place Naming. City of Adelaide. Retrieved 6 May 2018. 
  22. ^ a b "Adelaide Park Lands - Named Areas and features" (PDF). adelaideparklands.com.au. City of Adelaide. 2017. 
  23. ^ "Park Lands Naming Map 2017 - Final version" (PDF). adelaideparklands.com.au. City of Adelaide. 2017. 
  24. ^ Possum Park / Pirltawardli (Park 1), adelaideparklands.com.au
  25. ^ Sign: site 1, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  26. ^ "CLMP (Community Land Management Plan) for Piltawodli (Park 1)", formally adopted 26 June 2006. Community Land Management Plans, Park Lands and Sustainability Business Unit, Adelaide City Council. Archived 19 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine. (3Mb, 75 pages.)
  27. ^ a b Denise Norton Park / Pardipardinyilla (Park 2), adelaideparklands.com.au
  28. ^ Sign: site 2, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  29. ^ CLMP for Padipadinyilla (Park 2), formally adopted 22 August 2005. Community Land Management Plans, Park Lands and Sustainability Business Unit, Adelaide City Council. Archived 28 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. (1Mb, 42 pages.)
  30. ^ Yam Daisy Park / Kantarilla (Park 3), adelaideparklands.com.au
  31. ^ Sign: site 3, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  32. ^ a b c d e CLMP for Kandarilla (Park 3), Kangattilla (Park 4) and Ngampa Yerta (Park 5)], formally adopted 14 November 2005. Community Land Management Plans, Park Lands and Sustainability Business Unit, Adelaide City Council. Archived 19 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine. (2Mb, 46 pages.)
  33. ^ a b Reservoir Park / Kangatilla (Park 4), adelaideparklands.com.au
  34. ^ Sign: site 4, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  35. ^ a b Bragg Park / Ngampa Yarta (Park 5), adelaideparklands.com.au
  36. ^ Sign: site 5, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  37. ^ a b c Lefevre Park / Nantu Wama (Park 6), adelaideparklands.com.au
  38. ^ Sign: site 6, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  39. ^ a b c CLMP for Nanto Womma (Park 6)], formally adopted 28 November 2005. Community Land Management Plans, Park Lands and Sustainability Business Unit, Adelaide City Council. Archived 19 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine. (2Mb, 52 pages.)
  40. ^ The Olive Groves / Kuntingga (Park 7), adelaideparklands.com.au
  41. ^ Sign: site 7, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  42. ^ a b c d CLMP for Kuntingga (Park 7) and Barnguttilla (Park 8)], formally adopted 14 November 2005. Community Land Management Plans, Park Lands and Sustainability Business Unit, Adelaide City Council. Archived 19 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine. (2Mb, 42 pages.)
  43. ^ The Olive Groves / Parngutilla (Park 8), adelaideparklands.com.au
  44. ^ Sign: site 8, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  45. ^ a b Bundey’s Paddock / Tidlangga (Park 9), adelaideparklands.com.au
  46. ^ Sign: site 9, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  47. ^ a b CLMP for Tidlangga (Park 9), formally adopted 27 November 2006. Community Land Management Plans, Park Lands and Sustainability Business Unit, Adelaide City Council. Archived 19 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine. (2Mb, 38 pages.)
  48. ^ Bullrush Park / Warnpangga (Park 10), adelaideparklands.com.au
  49. ^ Sign: site 10, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  50. ^ a b CLMP for Warnpangga (Park 10) & Tainmundilla (Park 11)], formally adopted 27 November 2006. Community Land Management Plans, Park Lands and Sustainability Business Unit, Adelaide City Council. Archived 19 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine. (5Mb, 56 pages.)
  51. ^ Mistletoe Park / Tainmuntilla (Park 11), adelaideparklands.com.au
  52. ^ Sign: site 11, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  53. ^ Frome Park / Nellie Raminyemmerin Park, adelaideparklands.com.au
  54. ^ Red Gum Park / Karrawirra (Park 12), adelaideparklands.com.au
  55. ^ Sign: site 12, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  56. ^ CLMP for Karrawirra (Park 12), Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (7Mb, 131 pages)
  57. ^ Rundle Park / Kadlitpina (Park 13), adelaideparklands.com.au
  58. ^ Sign: site 13, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  59. ^ CLMP for Rundle Park / Kadlitpinna (Park 13), Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (3Mb, 47 pages)
  60. ^ About The Garden, www.gardenofunearthlydelights.com.au
  61. ^ a b Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka (Park 14), adelaideparklands.com.au
  62. ^ Sign: site 14, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  63. ^ CLMP for Rymill Park / Mullawirraburka (Park 14), Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (7Mb, 57 pages)
  64. ^ King Rodney Park / Ityamai-itpina (Park 15), adelaideparklands.com.au
  65. ^ Sign: site 15, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  66. ^ CLMP for Ityamaiitpinna (Park 15), Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (2Mb, 45 pages)
  67. ^ Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi (Park 16), adelaideparklands.com.au
  68. ^ Sign: site 16, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  69. ^ CLMP for Victoria Park / Bakkabakkandi (Park 16), Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (3Mb 26 pages).
    The report has 2 large and 1 very large appendices as separate downloads - refer to the CLMP page for copies.
  70. ^ a b Carriageway Park / Tuthangga (Park 17), adelaideparklands.com.au
  71. ^ Sign: site 17, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  72. ^ a b CLMP for Tuttangga (Park 17), adopted 14 November 2005, Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (2Mb, 52 pages)
  73. ^ Peppermint Park / Wita Wirra (Park 18), adelaideparklands.com.au
  74. ^ Sign: site 18, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  75. ^ CLMP for Wita Wirra (Park 18), Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (2Mb, 49 pages)
  76. ^ a b Pelzer Park / Pityarilla (Park 19), adelaideparklands.com.au
  77. ^ Sign: site 19, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  78. ^ a b c CLMP for Pityarrilla (Park 19), formally adopted 14 November 2005, Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (1Mb, 50 pages)
  79. ^ Blue Gum Park / Kurangga (Park 20), adelaideparklands.com.au
  80. ^ Sign: site 20, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  81. ^ a b CLMP for Kurrangga (Park 20), formally adopted 14 November 2005, Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (3Mb, 57 pages)
  82. ^ Veale Park / Walyu Yarta (Park 21), adelaideparklands.com.au
  83. ^ Sign: site 21, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  84. ^ CLMP for Walyo Yerta (Park 21), formally adopted 31 July 2006, Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (2Mb, 49 pages)
  85. ^ Golden Wattle Park / Mirnu Wirra (Park 21 West), adelaideparklands.com.au
  86. ^ Sign: site 21West], Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  87. ^ CLMP for Minno Wirra (Park 21 West), formally adopted 23 July 2007, Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (3Mb, 47 pages)
  88. ^ a b Josie Agius Park / Wikaparntu Wirra (Park 22), adelaideparklands.com.au
  89. ^ Sign: site 22, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  90. ^ CLMP for Wikaparndo Wirra (Park 22), Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (2Mb, 41 pages)
  91. ^ a b G S Kingston Park / Wirrarninthi (Park 23), adelaideparklands.com.au
  92. ^ Sign: site 23, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  93. ^ a b CLMP for Wirranendi (Park 23), formally adopted 23 July 2007, Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (5Mb, 57 pages)
  94. ^ a b c Ellis Park / Tampawardli (Park 24), adelaideparklands.com.au
  95. ^ Sign: site 24, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  96. ^ a b CLMP for Tambawodli (Park 24), formally adopted 28 November 2005, Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (3Mb, 51 pages)
  97. ^ a b Gladys Elphick Park / Narnungga (Park 25), adelaideparklands.com.au
  98. ^ Sign: site 25, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  99. ^ CLMP for Narnungga (Park 25), formally adopted 28 November 2005, Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (2Mb, 48 pages)
  100. ^ a b Current Land Tenure, 2006 Archived 12 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Adelaide City Council
  101. ^ Adelaide Oval / Tarntanya Wama (Park 26), adelaideparklands.com.au
  102. ^ Sign: site 26, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  103. ^ CLMP for Tarndanya Womma (Park 26), Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (1Mb, 63 pages)
  104. ^ Bonython Park / Tulya Wardli (Park 27), adelaideparklands.com.au
  105. ^ Sign: site 27, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  106. ^ a b CLMP for Tulya Wodli (Park 27) (including Bonython Park), formally adopted 12 June 2007, Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (7Mb, 134 pages)
  107. ^ Outlook to a healthier future for South Australia, via Fiction and Facts about the Adelaide Park Lands, Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association, accessed 5 May 2018.
  108. ^ John Ednie Brown (1848–1899) "John E Brown Park is the area east of the River and is named after the well-known Park Lands planner whose 1860s report influenced the Park Lands as they exist today. John E Brown Road leads into the park from Park Terrace." Source: Bonython Park / Tulya Wardli (Park 27), adelaideparklands.com.au
  109. ^ Deceased Workers Memorial Forest, adelaideparklands.com.au
  110. ^ Deceased Workers Memorial Forest, monumentaustralia.org.au
  111. ^ a b Palmer Gardens / Pangki Pangki (Park 28), adelaideparklands.com.au
  112. ^ Sign: site 28, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  113. ^ CLMP for Palmer Gardens/Pangki Pangki (Park 28), formally adopted 22 August 2005, Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (1Mb, 38 pages)
  114. ^ a b Brougham Gardens / Tantutitingga (Park 29), adelaideparklands.com.au
  115. ^ Sign: site 29, Adelaide City Council, archived 20 November 2010 via web.archive.org
  116. ^ Brougham Gardens/Tandotittingga (Park 29), formally adopted 22 August 2005, Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010 (3Mb, 40 pages)
  117. ^ About APPA Archived 28 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Adelaide Parklands Preservation Association Inc
  118. ^ Hot Topics Archived 27 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Adelaide Parklands Preservation Association Inc
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  125. ^ Help save the Adelaide Parklands, www.gdp-research.com.au
  126. ^ Mark Hamilton (13 April 2010). "Parkland poachers mar vision for city". The Advertiser – via www.gdp-research.com.au. 
  127. ^ Brad Crouch (30 May 2010). "Parklands for plunder". Sunday Mail – via www.gdp-research.com.au. 
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  129. ^ Steve Condous (9 March 2007). "Keep hands off Adelaide's unique parklands". The Advertiser – via www.gdp-research.com.au. 
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  • "Adelaide Park Lands Act 2005". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 2006-05-16. 
  • Government of South Australia. "Adelaide Parklands map" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2005. Retrieved 2006-05-16. 
  • Government of South Australia, Department of the Environment, Water, ?Heritage and the Arts. "Adelaide Park Lands and City Layout, South Australia: Location/Boundary plan" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-10.  (PDF)
  • (List of) Community Land Management Plans, Adelaide City Council, archived 19 November 2010

External links

  • Park Lands Usage, City of Adelaide fact sheet no.9, March 2009, www.adelaidecitycouncil.com
  • Adelaide's Top 10 Parks, 27 August 2006, totaltravel.com.au
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