Families and fitness lovers will soon be able to walk, cycle and explore the beautiful Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve for the first time in almost 150 years, with concept plans now approved for a range of recreational activities at the reserve.
The reserve in Adelaide’s north east is among several reservoirs across South Australia opened for recreational activities like fishing, kayaking, hiking and biking since April 2019.
The State Government last year engaged with the Hope Valley community about their ideas to make best use of this open green space, and the formation of a Community Reference Group earlier this year has helped to shape the vision.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the reserve is expected to be open for everyone to explore by this summer.
“We are lucky in South Australia to have an abundance of open space available for people to be active and enjoy the fresh air with their families and friends, and I’m pleased to unveil yet another reservoir reserve concept plan to provide a fun outdoor experience in the heart of suburban Adelaide,” Minister Speirs said.
“Construction works will soon get underway on creating a network of enjoyable walking and cycling trails throughout the reservoir reserve linking up with the existing pathway alongside the O-Bahn Busway, and family-friendly facilities like picnic settings, fitness equipment and later a nature play area.
“The view across the reservoir itself is a sight to behold, and our concept plan will allow visitors access to the dam wall to take in the scenery over the water and across the Mount Lofty Ranges.
“We will also be building all of the necessary supporting infrastructure such as car parking, toilets, fencing and signage, and will be protecting the important assets on site that provide safe, clean drinking water for a large proportion of the Adelaide population.
“This will be a natural space for everyone to explore and enjoy, and we’re keen to engage the local community in activities such as planting native vegetation and helping to design the nature play area and interpretative signage.”
Member for Newland Richard Harvey said once opened, the site will offer wonderful recreation and relaxation opportunities to aid the health and wellbeing of visitors.
“It’s wonderful that this beautiful reserve will soon be open for people to get out and enjoy the fresh air in the heart of Adelaide’s north east,” Mr Harvey said.
See some of the features and the full concept plans here