Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve in Adelaide’s north eastern suburbs will open to the public for the first time in its 150-year history in time for the summer school holidays.
A range of land-based recreational activities such as walking, cycling and picnicking will be available from Sunday 13 December with planning underway for a community event to celebrate the occasion.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said Hope Valley residents and the local Community Reference Group had been engaged throughout the past year about what they wanted to see at the reserve.
“This will the first metropolitan reservoir to be open for recreational access and as we have seen at other reservoirs across the state, there will be significant environmental, social and economic benefits for the local community,” Minister Speirs said.
“Construction works are continuing as we speak at Hope Valley, to create a number of picnic spaces and a network of walking and cycling trails throughout the reserve linking to the existing adjacent O-Bahn Bikeway, with fitness equipment and a nature play area to also be built early next year.
“This will be a natural space for everyone to explore in the heart of suburban Adelaide, and I can’t wait to see people head to Hope Valley and enjoy the natural space for the first time in almost 150 years.”
Member for Newland Richard Harvey said Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve will offer wonderful recreation and relaxation opportunities to visitors for generations to come.
“The opening of Hope Valley is something residents have been looking forward to for decades and for them to finally have an opening date is very exciting,” Dr Harvey said.
“Some of the best views on offer this summer will be from atop the dam wall, and visitors will get the chance to either walk, run or cycle across the wall’s entire 800 metre length or pack the binoculars and watch the local birdlife from the newly-constructed shelters.’’
Constructed in 1873 with a water capacity of 2.9 billion litres and currently the city’s oldest reservoir still in use, Hope Valley is the fifth South Australian reservoir reserve to open for expanded recreational access since April 2019.