What is the Sports Infrastructure Masterplan (SIMP)

Endorsed by Council in 2014, the Sports Infrastructure Master Plan (SIMP) recommends the following actions:

  • Extend sports lighting to all playing fields and improve playing surfaces (Zones 3 & 4);
  • Remove ageing and redundant infrastructure, providing a new shared multipurpose community facility (Zone 3);
  • Provide lighting and amenities to multipurpose courts facility (Zone 1);
  • Relocate South Terrace Croquet Club and enlarge Croquet SA facility into one combined facility (Zone 2); and
  • Redevelop existing building servicing main fields to provide better access to amenities and storage (referring to Zone 4).

What are we seeking from the EOI process for Park 17?

The City of Adelaide is seeking EOIs from one or more community sporting organisations (including educational institutions) that can demonstrate an ability to partner with Council to deliver on the outcomes sought for the Adelaide Park Lands, including the provision of quality infrastructure and open space.

Consistent with the Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy, the City of Adelaide seeks the following outcomes for the Park Lands for community sport and recreation.


  • A diverse range of contemporary outdoor based sporting and athletic opportunities for a range of ages, genders, cultural backgrounds and abilities
  • Facilities which provide for local or regional level sport, rather than elite level sport
  • Utilisation
  • Spaces that are well utilised throughout the year
  • Shared Uses and Spaces
  • Sporting facilities which accommodate general community use of the licenced sporting areas outside of game and training times as well as encourage use of licensed areas for informal recreation and sport.
  • Sporting activity which complements and co-exists with the informal recreational activity occurring in the northern areas of Mary Lee Park (Park 27B)
  • Minimal, fit-for-purpose built form supporting facilities which sit comfortably in the landscape
  • Outdoor recreational and sporting activity - indoor sporting activity is not consistent with the Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy
  • Well Managed Facilities
  • Organisations that can partner with the City of Adelaide to deliver community sport and recreation outcomes
  • Organisations that have the capacity to provide and maintain facilities and open spaces to a high standard
  • The following is discouraged on the Park Lands:
  • Excessive built form
  • Car parking
  • Fenced areas that restrict community access
  • Single purpose facilities
  • This EOI process forms one part of the broader Park Lands Community Infrastructure Process. This process does not include the following, which will be part of subsequent discussions and processes following approval of the preferred organisation(s):
  • Actual lease/licence negotiations
  • Proposals for new buildings/facilities, including design and footprint (size of the building)

Who can apply?

Community sporting organisations (including educational institutions) can enter into lease / licence negotiations with the City of Adelaide to provide diverse, community level sporting and athletic facilities in Carriage Way Park / Tuthangga - Park 17 if they:

1.  Provide for local or regional level sport, rather than elite level;

2.  Can demonstrate year-round use

3.  Provide sporting activity which complements and co-exists with the informal recreational activity occurring in Mary Lee Park (Park 27B)

4.  Are not-for-profit, incorporated bodies

5.  Can operate solely or form a combined management committee possibly with sub-lessees who contribute to the diverse sporting opportunities

6.  Provide an indication of the type and scale of supporting built form infrastructure required to support the proposed use

7.  Can demonstrate:

- Financial viability and capacity

- Experience in managing facilities

- A sound governance / management model

- An ability to partner with the City of Adelaide to deliver the SIMP for this park.

What are the EOI Submission Requirements?

Please read the Expression of Interest: Carriage Way Park / Tuthangga - Park 17) 
Assessment Criteria before commencing the submission process.

Your submission must include the following ‘Details of Organisation’ information and should address the following assessment criteria.

Details of Organisation

-  Contact person and details for the EOI

-  Name of lead proponent

-  Names of all other parties / user groups associated with the proposal i.e. clubs/groups that you would be looking to share the facilities with (either via sub-licence or through a casual use agreement)

-  Evidence of the lead proponent having a relationship with other parties identified in the proposal

-  Current membership numbers (participants only - not social members)

-  Expected numbers of regular users and a description of the user group(s) e.g. age, gender, division

-  Details (name/address) of grounds/facilities currently used by the proponent and the other user groups identified

-  Statement regarding why relocation is desired (if applicable)

-  Details of current lease/licence (or other arrangement) for existing grounds/facilities including expiry dates.

Assessment criteria

Submissions will be assessed on the degree to which they meet the following criteria. Applicants are required to address these criteria when preparing their submission:


The proposed use should include:

-  A diverse offering that is complementary with existing sports and recreation offerings in the City

-  Opportunities for different ages and genders to participate

-  Opportunities for people from diverse cultural backgrounds and with a range of abilities to participate

-  Opportunities for community level sport and recreation rather than elite sport.


The proposed use should demonstrate:

-  Optimal utilisation of the facilities including day time and night time scheduling throughout the year.

Shared Uses and Spaces

The proposed use and associated infrastructure should consider:

-  Accommodating general community use outside of licensed game and training times

-  Broader community benefit including informal recreation and sporting opportunities

-  Co-existing with and complementing informal recreational opportunities currently available in Carriage Way Park / Tuthangga - Park 17.

Well-managed Facilities

The management structure (either operating solely or as a combined management committee, possibly with sub-lessees who contribute to the diverse sporting opportunities) should support the proposed activity and deliver well maintained buildings and grounds.

The proposal should demonstrate the proponent’s:

-  Financial viability and capacity

-  Experience in managing facilities and maintaining them to a high standard

-  Sound governance / management model

-  Ability to partner with the City of Adelaide to develop new and improved community sporting facilities.

How do I provide my EOI submission?

Please refer to the Information Pack for further information on the EOI process and application criteria.