What are your thoughts on the draft State Sports Park Master Plan?

You can give feedback on what you think should be included in the new State Sports Park Master Plan.

To provide your feedback, read the draft State Sports Park Master Plan and the overview tab above then let us know what you think by commenting below.

We particularly want to know:

  • What do you think about the draft vision for State Sports Park?
  • What sports or activities not currently in the Park would you like to see at State Sports Park?
  • We would like to see better access to the State Sports Park on foot, cycling, car and public transport. How do you think this could be achieved?
  • What design or environmental features would you like to see prioritised in new developments at State Sports Park?

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Dan Adams

05 Jul 2020

I am glad to see some innovation with this space, older suburbs such as Enfield and Clearview lack access to the kind of open space and recreational facilities of newer infill projects such as LightsView.

An essential inclusion to consider for this project is a large scale nature play area for all ages, such as those found at the Morialta conservation park and the Cobblers creek reserve.

As per the below comments a mixed sport facility such as the ARC in Campbletown would be fantastic, racket sports, aquatics and sports climbing facilities would be beneficial to a large demographic.

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Sarah Macdonald

04 Jul 2020

anything that preserves our green spaces is beneficial to us and our environment. When these green spaces can be made more attractive for everyone to enjoy, the wider community also benefits from the increased, positive activity.
I certainly hope that any substantial trees will only be removed very gradually and replaced with plenty of shade trees. Trees are the most important and attractive part of any green space

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Andrew Liebeknecht

04 Jul 2020

Having a cycling criterium track aswell as other bike facilities will be beneficial to the community allowing children and adults alike a place to ride and compete and be generally active.
Having a safe environment away from hazards associated with riding and racing on the roads and paths should be paramount, while still allowing access for familys to spectate and enjoy the woodlands.
The Forresters forests concept is great but in reality it has been poorly executed, trees are strangled by used tyres around their base etc
Retaining significant and healthy trees in conjunction with the original forests distinct woodland type design with plantings that work in harmony with track and path designs should be possible.
I look forward to enjoying this area more than I do currently (walking my dog)

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terry brooks

28 Jun 2020

I am a resident and home owner in Gepps Cross and I use this open space daily to exercise, walk my dogs and enjoy the open space, but I am VERY concerned with the suggestion of tree removal for the purpose of "Improved visibility"??? I have been conducting research on the Pine Trees that make part of the perimeter of the State Sports Park in Gepps Cross and from what I have able to understand is the trees were planted around 1930. These trees make up part of the frame work for the suburb of Gepps Cross and are known as a land mark for the area, even the Hockey stadium uses this land mark to form part of their identity. Not only these trees are of significances to the local area they form a barrier to the road noise from traffic on Main North road.
The proposal of a new road to enter from Grand Junction Road is of a great concern to me and needs to be consulted further to its benefit?

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Michele Hoppo

27 Jun 2020

I was one of the children that lived on Tepko street that petitioned to “save the samcor paddocks for recreation” about 40 years ago now...(not that woolworths would fall in that category) we spent many weekends door knocking to get the signatures we needed. I think It would be amazing to have a massive adventure playground with a tall climbing structure towards the corner near Briens Road and Grand Junction road where the view from the top would be outstanding with bbq areas for families to be able to access.

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Susan George

26 Jun 2020

I 'd like to see Forresters Forest retained/enhanced for environment/natural bush (and the trees along MainNorthRoad) for activities like orienteering and walking in natural re-vegetated areas; and in all the developments not to forget natural walking/running trails on dirt tracks. A scenic 5km loop would be nice for future parkruns etc. There is scope for a network of both paved cycling and dirt tracks for running/walking to be incorporated into whatever structures are necessary to build.

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Chloe Johnson

24 Jun 2020

The plan mentioned the removal of trees along all borders of the sports park for visibility. Why not provide signage to show people what's inside and leave the trees alone, some are decades old. I've seen kookaburras, rosellas and many other birds in this area. It would be a shame to knock down their habitat and essentially what they call home. It would be nice to have some interpretive signs in the foresters forest area to show the flora and fauna in the area. I like the idea of a cafe in the mixed use precinct.

Jenny Hallam > Chloe Johnson

25 Jun 2020

I totally agree with you Chloe,there are lots of birds nesting in those trees.I would rather view the trees than car parks and stadiums.No more peace and serenity with all the noise and floodlights.I have lived here since 1966 and am devastated at the destruction of the trees and wildlife.

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > Chloe Johnson

26 Jun 2020

Thanks for your input, Chloe and Jenny. Part of the vision for the Park is to be 'green'.

terry brooks > Chloe Johnson

28 Jun 2020

I do agree that the development needs to be green, but removing trees of significance for the purpose of "Improved visibility" sounds like contradiction?

Heath Hunter > Chloe Johnson

29 Jun 2020

Exactly. I wonder what the people using the new Sports Park would rather see as they look out over the fields - trees and birds, or three of the busiest roads in Adelaide? I can't think of any justification for removing the boundary trees.

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Dale Ramsey

24 Jun 2020

I think the concept in itself has potential, but I think a management group need to run the facilty.
Already the FFSA or FootballSA as now known are focused on growing their management body rather than growing the game.
the government grants they recieve do not trickle down to clubs, then they sell off the naming rights and still nothing to clubs, then they charge clubs ( run by volunteers ) astronomical amounts for being associated with them. Para Hills Knights paid over $70k to the FFSA in 2019, clubs cant survive like this. then running their own academies and pathway programmes just takes more away from local clubs.
things need to change for our sport to survive in South Australia.

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > Dale Ramsey

26 Jun 2020

Thanks for these thoughts on governance, Dale

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Vivien Bing

23 Jun 2020

This plan is excellent. I have lived in this area for over 40 years and the original plan was for this space to be a Sports Park. However when Woolworths moved in most of us in the community thought the original plan was lost. It is great to see it get back on track. Perth has a Velodrome which has a Criterium Track, Swimming Centre and Gym and other playing fields in the same space. It also has nearby accommodation which makes it a perfect location for any National competitions. This area has so much to offer with the Hockey Centre and Soccer fields nearby and if you look even further there is also a Lacrosse Club nearby as well. More multi use areas means our state has more to offer for large events such as National and Masters Competitions. I do hope that in making these improvements that we get it right and not try to short cut the potential of this space.

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > Vivien Bing

26 Jun 2020

Thanks for your comments and long term interest, Vivien

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Carmen Wentrock

22 Jun 2020

This is a good opportunity for cycling in SA. It would be good to see more people involved across the different types of cycling. A technical criterium course (i.e. up the hill or longer loop/shorter loop) that is available year round would be a great offering. Also, the location in the north of the city is great.

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > Carmen Wentrock

26 Jun 2020

Hi Carmen, thanks for your interest

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Oliver Graham

22 Jun 2020

There is an excellent opportunity for State and Local Government to engage with multiple sporting codes to establish a Northern Sporting Hub, similar to that of Narnungga (Park 25).

Cricket participation rates in this area are excelling with the 2019/20 SACA Community Cricket Club of the Year – Gepps Cross Cricket Club continuing it’s rapid growth with 13 teams (4 x senior male, 7 x junior boys, 1 x senior women & 1 x junior girl) and 113 Woolworths Cricket Blast participants utilising their facilities every weekend. As well as this, Roma Mitchell College have recently established a cricket program to accommodate the large cricketing talent and participating in the area.

Installation of hard wicket grounds with covers suitable for winter sports (Gecko matting) allows more cricket to be played with the council saving money on preparation and maintenance.

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > Oliver Graham

26 Jun 2020

Thanks, Oliver

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anthony mcloughlin

22 Jun 2020

In maintaining criterium racing popularity, we need a city based crit track. Not Gepps Cross. The Adelaide parklands are ideal. Assuming half of CSA membership base is south of the city, i cant see how a crit track located at Gepps Cross could draw cyclists across the city for summer mid-week evening/weekend racing. The Victoria Park crit track location is proven and works. For the longer term, a suitable year round track should be sought in the Adelaide parklands. As a competitor, the surounding coffee shops and pubs is also atractive to competitors for pre/post social activities...

Lachie Ambrose > anthony mcloughlin

22 Jun 2020

Hi Tony,
It's important to see this as an "and" rather than an "or". We have a big enough racing population in SA to have multiple venues working in conjunction with each other. Ultimately we would love to see extra dedicated venues, whether it's in the parklands, the south, the hills or any other region. Vic park can't be our dedicated venue due to its designation as a major events space, but with a second facility at the State Sports Park, we'll be able to show to the various levels of government what can be achieved with a dedicated venue. It will also provide options for racing for those who are based North of the city, who might struggle to make it to Vic Park during the week.
Cheers,
Lachie (CSA)

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > anthony mcloughlin

26 Jun 2020

Thanks chaps, love the keen spirit

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Heath Hunter

21 Jun 2020

Overall, it looks pretty good to me. I love that there will be a biodiversity corridor linking the Forester's Forest area with Pooraka Triangle Park. Maybe the stormwater catchment areas could be converted into proper wetlands with native plantings, (and native fish to keep the mosquitoes in check). The removal of trees along the borders seems unnecessary - visibility is fine as it is. Not sure if the Grand Junction rd entry/exit is necessary either. I think entry from Main North Rd and Briens Rd is enough. I'd like to see less emphasis on soccer. Time to give some other sports a home.

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > Heath Hunter

26 Jun 2020

thanks for your considered thoughts, Heath

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Karren Statham

21 Jun 2020

I think this would be a great opportunity to develop a venue for cheerleading and dance competitions to be held. The sport is the fastest growing sport in Australia and we are continuing to grow here in SA with more event providers coming from interstate to hold the event. To have a facility that is versatile to not only hold these types of competition but to he a venue for other sports to use for other indoor championship would be amazing. We need to provide options for fold away grandstands, stage constructions and other sport requirements to attract more nationally held events in SA. This is both good for the economy and the promotion of sport in SA.

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > Karren Statham

26 Jun 2020

Hi Karen. Good to hear from non-mainstream activities. May seek some info from you.

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John Wreghitt

20 Jun 2020

I am the current Chairman of Gridiron SA and would love for our sport to under consideration to have a home in this new sports park.

We are looking to grow and develop this sport in the state and would like to investigate if this could be a long term view.

We used to have The Pines hockey stadium as the home for a long time when the sport was as its best and the highest spectator base due to the world class facilities and hasn't been the same since.

We held the National Championships at the Pines on a couple occasions during that time as the venue was world class. The feedback from the other states was very positive and were envious of what South Australia had to play Gridiron.

Would love to investigate this happening again in this new sports park

Thanks John - Chairman Gridiron SA

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > John Wreghitt

26 Jun 2020

Thanks John. Development guidelines are very strong on shared use. Will follow up with you.

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Grace taylor

20 Jun 2020

With the school and distance to other public swimming pools, consider having a swimming pool. Tired muscles need water to heal.
Make absolutely sure that cyclists who use the levels bikeway to city can make the commute fast - don't send off on meandering pathways - the job each day is to get from suburbs to city fast and safely.
There needs to be good security after hours - I have been chased on my bike my cars going off road and motor bikes chasing me on the bikeway/pedestrian path and hoons trying to knock me off bike - ended up with bruised eye.

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > Grace taylor

26 Jun 2020

Thanks Grace. More people/activation will help safety.

Susan George > Grace taylor

26 Jun 2020

I agree about the aqua recovery facility /swim pool, especially if we are to loose the spa/sauna/steam room etc. at North Adelaide. Spas etc. are wonderful assets for all sports that might use the area and also community members.

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Jenny Hallam

19 Jun 2020

I live on briens rd and love the peaceful view .why ruin a beautiful view with buildings and carparks not to mention the wild cockies that live in the trees.all we will see now is buildings and drab car parks not to mention the noise and floodlights.it should be placed up the top near grand junction rd on the other side of the school.if it must be sports related why not a golf course. Very sad to see the paddock turned into a concrete jungle of buildings and car parks.

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > Jenny Hallam

26 Jun 2020

thanks for your keen environmental views, Jenny

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Natalie Morgan

19 Jun 2020

better access from O'Briens road

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > Natalie Morgan

19 Jun 2020

Thanks Natalie. Access to all main roads is critical.

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Aidan Karayilan

19 Jun 2020

The sport of Squash is making a resurgence in recent years, with it being regarded as one of the healthiest sports in the world. It would be a shame to not have modern squash courts in the state sports precinct, which are low maintenance and multi-use with movable walls, making them suitable for Squash as well as other group activities. The Campbelltown council decided that they were important to have in their ARC facility and this has made the Campbelltown Squash Club the largest in the state, with their courts incredibly busy. Brand new courts with movable walls were also built in the recent 'The Rex' recreation centre in Tanunda, which attracted Australian former world number 1s as coaches. Squash is an 'old' sport, but its modern iteration combines every facet of physical performance lifted to the highest degree in one package and would be great to include in a state of the art sports facility.

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > Aidan Karayilan

19 Jun 2020

Thanks Aidan. Well put. Paul

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Mark McIntosh

18 Jun 2020

Link Cross Keys BMX to a huge cycling facility. Cyclocross, Criterium, Pump Track and whats stopping you using the pine treed area out the front and making a linked MTB trail into the other forested area next to the superdrome.

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > Mark McIntosh

19 Jun 2020

Thanks Mark. Good comments. Like the links, too. Paul

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Ben Loaker

18 Jun 2020

Would be great to see a permanent cyclocross rave track in area, and I would be happy to help build it.

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > Ben Loaker

19 Jun 2020

Thanks Ben. Will be looking for keen folk down the track for design/construct input. Paul

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Jackie Blyth

18 Jun 2020

Rollerskating is both High Performance & Recreational so I think a Rollerskating rink (smooth concrete approx 2 basketball courts in size) with a roof for weather protection & lights, possibly flanked by a Skateboard Park would be good for roller sports & the community and fit right in at the State Sports Park. Roller sports that have a pathway from grassroots to National & International level include, Inline Hockey, Roller Derby, Artistic & Speed skating plus of course it has Learn to Skate Participation. This skating area would sit best in the Community Sports & Rec or Mixed-Use spaces as a Skating Precinct. Rollerskating in its various forms has always been a minority sport in Adelaide & has never had the necessary facilities it needs for our International athletes & would therefore definitely utilise some of the suggested facilities such as South Australian Sports Institute, Sports Administration headquarters, Hi-tech sports enterprises, Health and wellbeing services, Indoor Recreation centre, Community centre, Sports retail, Cafe, Sports accommodation, Events.
Whilst most of the Rollerskating fraternity /members are from the Northern Suburbs , skaters would travel far & wide to skate on a specific purpose floor or simply an area that is safe.
It is time for this State to realise it needs at least one rollerskating rink.

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > Jackie Blyth

19 Jun 2020

Thanks Jackie. Had some good feedback from speed skaters, too. Paul

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Karan Sharma

18 Jun 2020

Brilliant initiative and good to see the land being used to for various purposes. Cricket is growing exponentially in this area please visit SACA winter Comp or T20 Comp to familiarize yourself with the number of teams from around this area. Football is already well established and have access to enough ovals and get priority where they are sharing. It is imperative council work with clubs that are not directly involved in decision making. As Alex mentioned below to accommodate growing need for sport need to be innovative in how to maximize our capacity. Wicket covers and sharing turf wickets for home and away could be one of the ideas.

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > Karan Sharma

19 Jun 2020

Hi Karan. Yes, Council staff have talked to us regarding demand for cricket in the area, too. Thanks. Paul

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Nick Lawrence

18 Jun 2020

Previously Gridiron has been held in the area, and with the new plans, now is the perfect time to bring it back!

This could be as a shared pitch with Soccer or Hockey. The season runs through summer so gives an offseason use for some of the pitches that may not be used otherwise.

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > Nick Lawrence

19 Jun 2020

Thanks for feedback re gridiron, Nick, particularly the shared use aspects. Paul

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Mujtaba Rahimi

17 Jun 2020

I will really great full if you read my comment I thinking is we need a soccer/food all pitch in Gepps cross

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Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing > Mujtaba Rahimi

19 Jun 2020

Thanks Mujtaba. Soccer is such a growing sport and will have a big presence at the Park. Paul

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