Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve opening in December 2021

For the first time in more than 120 years, kayaking, fishing, bike riding, walking and picnicking will be available at Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve in Adelaide's south when it opens in December this year - making it a must-do activity during the summer school holidays.

New concept plans were recently unveiled as part of a community-led master plan for the site, which will combine adventure, family fun and environmental preservation for a wonderful nature experience.

The beautiful space will feature more than 20 kilometres of trails, habitat areas and native vegetation education nodes, as well as two kayak launch facilities and car and trailer parking.

The reserve’s concept plans were developed with local community, environmental and recreation group representatives, who unanimously supported the concept which balances a range of visitor experiences with the natural environment and protection of water quality.

Over the past year, and together with the Department for Environment and Water, SA Water hosted six community meetings and regularly engaged with local residents through a variety of face-to-face and online platforms to design and shape public access at Happy Valley.

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

Glenthorne National Park
Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve is part of the greater new Glenthorne National Park - Ityamaiitpinna Yarta which creates a large precinct of existing parks and open spaces in Adelaide’s south that will span almost 1500 hectares.

You can learn more about Glenthorne National Park here

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