South Australians can now have their first look at the vision for what Happy Valley Reservoir will look like when it’s opened for recreational access by the end of the year with new concept plans unveiled as part of a community-led master plan.

For the first time in more than 120 years, kayaking, fishing, bike riding, walking and picnicking will be available at the reservoir in Adelaide’s south – less than half an hour from the CBD.

The master plan reveals two kayak launch areas to be built as well as more than 20 kilometres of trails at the reservoir which will also form part of South Australia’s newest national park – Glenthorne.

The first phase of the concept plan will see two accessible kayak launch areas built, more than 20 kilometres of trails looping around the entire reserve and across the dam wall established, new visitor facilities including two internal car parking areas with trailer and kayak drop-off facilities, picnic settings and shelters, as well as habitat areas and native vegetation education nodes.

All of these activities will be enabled while the safety and quality of the working drinking water reservoir is protected, with a $26 million upgrade of SA Water’s Happy Valley Water Treatment Plant to incorporate state-of-the-art ultraviolet disinfection facilities.

Construction of new visitor facilities will get underway in the coming weeks and will include car park access points designed to ensure the safe flow of traffic around the site, as well as multiple pedestrian gates.

Stage 1 Concept Overview

You can view the full concept plan for Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve here.