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The second stage community consultation on the draft State Sports Park was completed in 2021 centred around the State government’s YourSAy platform, and the results are summarised below.
We've created a Stage 2 Community and Stakeholder Engagement Report which gives more detail.
The first stage in 2020 sought comment and input on foundational matters such as vision, movement framework, and activity precincts. This second stage sought comments on the activities proposed and laid out in concept design format for each of the precincts.
The table below is included in the finalised Master Plan, as is an implementation plan, which is now underway.
Response in draft Master Plan
1. Very strong support was received for the Park’s biodiversity and open
space values, including Foresters Forest. This included being in or near
a natural, quiet, open environment. Protection of trees and vegetation
buffers to houses, and planting more native species were prominent.
- Strengthen Guiding Principles, including the preference for native trees and the balance required with exotic trees.
- Remove references to tree thinning along Main North Road, Briens Road and in Foresters Forest relating to the Criterium Track.
- Include the development of a vegetation management plan.
2. Strong support was received for the inclusion of an aquatic centre,
noting that the southern suburbs seem better provided for than the
- Determine the merits of an Aquatic Centre, in conjunction with the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.
3. Strong support was received for the Criterium Track and the additional
activities such as pedal prix, in-line skating, learn to ride, para-cycling,
and generally being able to ride safely off road.
- Include a car park and visitor facilities to serve the Criterium Track and (Foresters Forest) near the northern part of the track.
- Strengthen reference to the strategic national/international opportunities for the Cycling Precinct. Note in-line skating and learn-to-ride as opportunities.
4 Noticeable support was received for the Archery Hub co-locating with
the Hockey Centre.
5 Noticeable support was received for playgrounds for both adults and
children, and for their location close to other recreational facilities such
as cafes, picnic areas.
- Strengthen references to Playgrounds, including exercise playgrounds.
6. Apart from the above, Key Stakeholders also mentioned: support for
cricket, soccer, and AFL, need for quality facilities, additional change
rooms, lighted playing fields, 3-on-3 basketball pads, nature-based
education, stormwater and roads management, flexible event spaces.
- In the Community Recreation Precinct, show AFL oval capacity on the playing fields, additional player facilities, lit laying fields, and 3-on-3 basketball activities.
- Determine the merits/options of a fourth pitch at the State Centre of Football.
- Better articulate shared parking intent, especially for events.
- Update the Strategic Context section for the ORSR Strategic Plan 2021-24.
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State Sports Park Overview
The Overview shows precincts and envisaged infrastructure development at the State Sports Park.
The Plan builds upon the national cycling activities at the Super-Drome with a new Criterium Track and with links to an upgraded Cross Keys BMX track in Unity Park. The new ‘wind tunnel’ will be built on the velodrome’s southwest corner by mid-2022.
Foresters Forest will be well-managed and walking, picnicking and nature play and appreciation will be featured. Further revegetation of the Park will incorporate stormwater detention basins and green corridors.
The State Hockey Centre will be revitalised and considered for other uses such as rugby and lacrosse, and share its facilities with a new Archery Hub.
The Sports Park Village will form a bustling active heart, with mixed-use activities that support sports and recreation activities. The Bikeway will become a cycling lane on the new road in from Grand Junction Road, be re-routed through the Village, and continue through to Mawson Lakes.
A new Community Recreation Precinct will allow multiple sports to be played on flexible fields and courts, alongside picnic, play and event spaces. Views to the plains and coast are important from this precinct.
The new State Centre of Football (soccer) is currently being built adjacent the Croatian Sports Centre. The new road in from Briens Road will also provide access to the new Girls Campus at Roma Mitchell Secondary College, also being built in 2021. The school will share car parking, sports and café facilities provided by the Football Centre.
Stormwater runoff will be diverted to Unity Ponds for re-use on the main pitch, and Unity Park will extend to meet the Centre’s 5-aside pitches. Two other mixed-use areas are shown.
For more information, see the draft State Sports Park Master Plan 2021 and the Executive Summary.