Major new reserve attracts hundreds

Goldenfields, a new 12-hectare reserve developed by the City of Tea Tree Gully in northeast Adelaide, is already attracting hundreds of visitors each week to the large range of facilities on offer.

Recently claiming a state title for the ‘Australian Parks and Leisure Design, Development and Management Award for Open Space Development’, Goldenfields was a bold move by a Council that already has substantial reserves and parks to maintain.

“The suburb of Golden Grove in the northern part of Tea Tree Gully, where Goldenfields is situated, was a Delphin development in the 1980s. With the high numbers of young families living in the area, Council saw the development of this reserve as a key lifestyle attraction of the area, which ultimately has a bearing on the health and wellbeing of our residents,” said City of Tea Tree Gully Mayor, Miriam Smith.

“Goldenfields was 10 years in the making, with Council first consulting the community about the concept in 2002. The $3.5 million development has transformed a vacant steep paddock into an exciting recreational park, which has been developed over five stages over the past five years. It is now one of the City’s premier parks,” said Mayor Smith.

Features include playgrounds, a multi-sport area called a Rage Cage, barbecue and picnic shelters, an amphitheatre, a kickabout field, a tennis court, a bocce field, self-guided walks, skate park, BMX tracks, pathways and carparks.

And there’s still more to come with two further stages of the park’s development remaining. This year sees the development of an outdoor fitness area, completion of the toilets, earth works to the mini wetlands, tree planting and more paths; 2013 will see the completion of the historic glade, an outdoor classroom and more planting.

The Council has developed an interactive map of Goldenfields on its website so people can see the many features it has to offer before they visit.

The map enables users to switch between a site map or a close-up view of key areas, as well as isolate park features, such as where to find playgrounds, toilets, walking tracks or barbecues. Hovering over a section of the map enables users to discover other ‘fast facts’ about Goldenfields.