Will existing names be retained?

Yes.  This project aims to retain existing Kaurna and English language names where they apply.  The names proposed here will be used in addition to those existing names. Park numbers will be phased out.

Will Council redo all the signs it has installed throughout the Park Lands?

The signage in the Park Lands has been designed for easy upgrade and replacement of written material.  However, it is unlikely that all new names will be applied immediately.  As new signs are rolled out and as signs need replacement, the new names will be added.  In the meantime, the new names will be used in other material produced by the City of Adelaide (e.g. online).

What are the Guiding Principles?

The Guiding Principles are the approach adopted by the Naming Committee and are as follows:

1  Use of translations of existing Kaurna names, where meaningful to that Park

2  If not, consider names associated with park features, indigenous flora and fauna, other characteristics, history or use of the area

3  If nothing appropriate is available, consider names of famous/influential people, or people who have a strong connection with the City or State (seeking a gender balance).

These Guiding Principles provided form the City of Adelaide’s policy on Park Lands naming.

What are the proposed names?


Existing Park Name

Proposed Additional Park Name



Pirltawardli (Park 1)

Possum Park

Kaurna translation


Pardipardinyilla (Park 2)

Denise Norton Park

Denise Norton was the first SA woman to represent Australia at the Olympics (swimming)


Kantarilla (Park 3)

Kantarilla Park

Kaurna translation of kandara root is less meaningful than full word


Kangatilla (Park 4)

Kangatilla Park

Kaurna translation of kangatta berry  is less meaningful than full word


Ngampa Yarta (Park 5)

Bragg Park

Father and son joint Nobel prize winners lived on Lefevre Terrace (nearby)


Nantu Wama (Park 6)

Lefevre Park

Distinctive location


Kuntingga (Park 7)

The Olive Groves

Renowned characteristic of this area


Parngutilla (Park 8)

The Olive Groves

Renowned characteristic of this area


Tidlangga (Park 9)

Tidla Park

Kaurna translation


Warnpangga (Park 10)

Bullrush Park

Kaurna translation


Tainmuntilla (Park 11)

Mistletoe Park

Kaurna translation


Karrawirra (Park 12)

Red Gum Park

Kaurna translation


Ityamai-itpina (Park 15)

King Rodney Park

Kaurna translation


Tuthangga (Park 17)

Carriageway Park

Renowned feature of this area


Wita Wirra (Park 18)

Peppermint Park

Kaurna translation


Pityarilla (Park 19)

August Pelzer Park

Kaurna translation of Marshmallow Park could be confused with name of the playground.  Pelzer was influential planner of the Park Lands, City Gardener 1899-1932.


Kurangga (Park 20)

Blue Gum Park

Kaurna translation


Walyu Yarta (Park 21)

Walyu Park

Kaurna translation


Mirnu Wirra (Park 21 West)

Golden Wattle Park

Kaurna translation


Wikaparntu Wirra (Park 22)

Josie Agius

Prominent Kaurna elder who supported girls sport (netball courts feature here)


Wirrarninthi (Park 23)

Wirra Park

Kaurna translation


Tampawardli (Park 24)

Ellis Park (and Ellis Park Road)

Widely used name


Narnungga (Park 25)

Gladys Elphick Park

Prominent Kaurna elder


Area north of Adelaide Oval

Stella Bowen Park

Prominent artist who lived in nearby North Adelaide


Area west of Morphett Street bridge

Helen Mayo Park (and Helen Mayo Road)

Prominent medical campaigner


Northern part of the Park, east of the railway bridge and west of War Memorial Drive, now used mainly for soccer (Park 27b)

Mary Lee Park



Northern part of the Park, west of the railway line and east of the River, formerly used for equestrian activities (Park 27a)

John Ednie Brown Park (and John Ednie Brown Road)

Prominent Park Lands planner 1878-90


Land between Thebarton Barracks and new RAH

Kate Cocks Park

First female police constable in the British Empire, advocate for women


Running loop in Park 10

Robert Crouch Running Loop

Helped establish the running loop

What roads in the Park Lands are included?

1  The road leading behind rowing clubs west of Morphett Street Bridge (Helen Mayo Road)

2  The road leading into Park 27B north of the Park off Park Terrace (John Ednie Brown Road)

3  The road south of Adelaide High School east/west across the Park (Ellis Park Road).

The Naming Committee also considered the naming of the colloquially known “Uni Loop” in Warnpangga (Park 10), proposed to be called Robert Crouch Running Loop.

How do I provide my feedback?

You can provide feedback in a range of ways:

OnlineThe City of Adelaide has a dedicated website that provides an opportunity for online feedback.

Visit yoursay.cityofadelaide.com.au for information about the project and online ways to provide your comments.

Comments can be emailed to yoursay@cityofadelaide.com.au

Written SubmissionsAll written submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday 5 May  2017 and should be addressed to:

Community Consultation

Project Manager Katherine Russell
Adelaide Park Lands Naming Project
GPO Box 2252, Adelaide SA 5001

What happens to my feedback?

Your feedback on the proposed approach and the proposed names will be collated into a report to the Adelaide City Council’s Reconciliation Committee, the Authority and the Council in mid-2017 together with any suggested changes to the approach or the names.  These reports will be available at the City of Adelaide website:


How do I know my feedback has been received?

All feedback will be acknowledged by email (please provide your email address).