Pityarilla (Park 19) Activity Hub

The next stage of the Pityarilla (Park 19) Activity Hub project will begin in the week of 18 September 2017. Marshmallow Playground and the adjacent community tennis court will be temporarily closed. The majority of construction is due to be completed by the end of 2017 with some residual works and plantings to take place early in 2018.

See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


The Project and Community Engagement

The Pityarilla (Park 19) Activity Hub is a partnership between the State Government and Adelaide City Council (ACC). The project will create an exemplary, community park in the southern Park Lands, providing a variety of recreation and play opportunities serviced by high quality facilities and amenities.

Stakeholders: As part of the engagement process, project stakeholders were identified and contacted. The key stakeholders for Pityarilla (Park 19) are many and varied, involving residents groups, the Aboriginal community, sports clubs, government departments and authorities, and schools.

A broad range of stakeholders were engaged through:

  • The ‘Shape the Park Lands’ community engagement which informed preparation of the Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy 2015-2025 and in turn, has been used to inform the design.
  • Dedicated project website
  • Community Open Day
  • Promotion via on-site posters and signage
  • Direct communications to ‘Your Say’ and ‘Shape the Park Lands’ registered stakeholder database
  • Direct communications to key stakeholders
  • Information on social media websites
  • City of Adelaide Administration workshops (with asset managers, maintenance staff etc.)
  • Site visit with Kaurna National Cultural Heritage Association
  • Nature Play Workshop with Gilles Street Primary School students
  • Workshop with City of Adelaide, Office of Design and Architecture South Australia and City of Unley Council stakeholders

The Community Open Day was held on-site at Marshmallow Park on Saturday 8 October 2016 between 10am and 2pm to inform and involve community members who use the playspace and the park in general.

At the open day City of Adelaide staff provided information to park users about the proposed enhancements of the park and upgrade the playspace. Staff gathered ideas and feedback on:

  • the concept plan from park stakeholders, local residents and park users
  • particular types of play equipment, target age groups and modes of play
  • the proposed plaza, formal gardens and promenade, including aesthetics (landscaping and tree planting) and functionality (park furniture, shade and shelter)
  • community court facilities

People were also encouraged to submit one ‘big idea’ for the park.

Over 150 people attended the open day. There was an enthusiastic response from children wanting to share their ideas for the future of the playspace and park.

A summary of the responses received at the Community Open Day is included below.

Playspace Upgrade: A number of strong themes emerged from the open day, largely from young children who had been visiting Marshmallow Playspace. Children wanted to see challenging and interesting equipment for climbing with interactive elements and natural materials. There was support for a combination of off-the-shelf equipment, active and passive play elements, interactive water play and play for all ages.

Dog Park: Feedback on the Dog Park was limited. The key themes that emerged from the open day were that people wanted to see a dog park that included interactive play equipment for dogs. There was support for irrigated grass and water play for the dogs.

Formal Park: People were supportive of a formal park that included facilities to support use such as barbecues and seating, gardens and irrigated lawns and opportunities for night time use. Shelters and interactive art opportunities were also highly liked.

Plaza: A multi-use space to encourage and support a variety of activities and users, including features such as seating, lighting, trees and natural shade were key themes.

Community Courts: There was general support for non-traditional courts that allowed a variety of additional recreation or informal sporting activities beyond tennis and basketball. The feedback received endorsed lighting to enable evening use.

Promenade: The dominant theme that emerged from the responses was that people wanted to see promenades that were wide formal shady tree lined avenues with lighting.

Community Open Day ‘Big Ideas’: People were encouraged to write their one big idea for the park. The communities ‘Big Ideas’ highlighted requirements for shade, lighting, fencing, access and play for all. A place for kids to draw was well received.

For more information about what we heard please view the Stakeholder Engagement - Summary Report

The next stage of the Pityarilla (Park 19) Activity Hub project will begin in the week of 18 September 2017. Marshmallow Playground and the adjacent community tennis court will be temporarily closed. The majority of construction is due to be completed by the end of 2017 with some residual works and plantings to take place early in 2018.

See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


The Project and Community Engagement

The Pityarilla (Park 19) Activity Hub is a partnership between the State Government and Adelaide City Council (ACC). The project will create an exemplary, community park in the southern Park Lands, providing a variety of recreation and play opportunities serviced by high quality facilities and amenities.

Stakeholders: As part of the engagement process, project stakeholders were identified and contacted. The key stakeholders for Pityarilla (Park 19) are many and varied, involving residents groups, the Aboriginal community, sports clubs, government departments and authorities, and schools.

A broad range of stakeholders were engaged through:

  • The ‘Shape the Park Lands’ community engagement which informed preparation of the Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy 2015-2025 and in turn, has been used to inform the design.
  • Dedicated project website
  • Community Open Day
  • Promotion via on-site posters and signage
  • Direct communications to ‘Your Say’ and ‘Shape the Park Lands’ registered stakeholder database
  • Direct communications to key stakeholders
  • Information on social media websites
  • City of Adelaide Administration workshops (with asset managers, maintenance staff etc.)
  • Site visit with Kaurna National Cultural Heritage Association
  • Nature Play Workshop with Gilles Street Primary School students
  • Workshop with City of Adelaide, Office of Design and Architecture South Australia and City of Unley Council stakeholders

The Community Open Day was held on-site at Marshmallow Park on Saturday 8 October 2016 between 10am and 2pm to inform and involve community members who use the playspace and the park in general.

At the open day City of Adelaide staff provided information to park users about the proposed enhancements of the park and upgrade the playspace. Staff gathered ideas and feedback on:

  • the concept plan from park stakeholders, local residents and park users
  • particular types of play equipment, target age groups and modes of play
  • the proposed plaza, formal gardens and promenade, including aesthetics (landscaping and tree planting) and functionality (park furniture, shade and shelter)
  • community court facilities

People were also encouraged to submit one ‘big idea’ for the park.

Over 150 people attended the open day. There was an enthusiastic response from children wanting to share their ideas for the future of the playspace and park.

A summary of the responses received at the Community Open Day is included below.

Playspace Upgrade: A number of strong themes emerged from the open day, largely from young children who had been visiting Marshmallow Playspace. Children wanted to see challenging and interesting equipment for climbing with interactive elements and natural materials. There was support for a combination of off-the-shelf equipment, active and passive play elements, interactive water play and play for all ages.

Dog Park: Feedback on the Dog Park was limited. The key themes that emerged from the open day were that people wanted to see a dog park that included interactive play equipment for dogs. There was support for irrigated grass and water play for the dogs.

Formal Park: People were supportive of a formal park that included facilities to support use such as barbecues and seating, gardens and irrigated lawns and opportunities for night time use. Shelters and interactive art opportunities were also highly liked.

Plaza: A multi-use space to encourage and support a variety of activities and users, including features such as seating, lighting, trees and natural shade were key themes.

Community Courts: There was general support for non-traditional courts that allowed a variety of additional recreation or informal sporting activities beyond tennis and basketball. The feedback received endorsed lighting to enable evening use.

Promenade: The dominant theme that emerged from the responses was that people wanted to see promenades that were wide formal shady tree lined avenues with lighting.

Community Open Day ‘Big Ideas’: People were encouraged to write their one big idea for the park. The communities ‘Big Ideas’ highlighted requirements for shade, lighting, fencing, access and play for all. A place for kids to draw was well received.

For more information about what we heard please view the Stakeholder Engagement - Summary Report