Why is the SACA being granted a lease and a licence?

The draft agreement includes a lease for the new pavilion, that the SACA will maintain and control access to 24/7. The agreement also includes a licence for the four ovals, which the SACA will maintain and program. However, these will remain open to the general community when not being formally used or maintained.

Why is a 42 year lease/licence agreement being recommended?

Formal sporting activity has occurred in Narnungga (Park 25) since the 1920’s. The SACA has maintained the current sports ovals to an excellent standard in Narnungga (Park 25) for over 30 years, whilst supporting other sports to utilise the fields when not programmed for cricket. The SACA currently employ six curatorial staff to maintain Narnungga (Park 25).

The SACA is proposing to invest over $8m in Narnungga (Park 25) to greatly improve participant and spectator facilities and assist Council in realising the vision of the Sports Infrastructure Master Plan for this park, being the establishment of ‘a multipurpose metropolitan sport and recreation activity hub that offers state of the art facilities designed to activate the park for a variety of users’.

The SACA is committed to maintaining facilities in Narnungga (Park 25) for cricket, lacrosse and AFL along with other complementary sporting uses, including the beach sports facility if it goes ahead.

A long term lease will ensure community sport continues to be played in Narnungga (Park 25).

Will the Old Ignatians Football Club (OIFC) continue using Narnungga (Park 25)?

Yes.  The OIFC currently have a 5 year licence for the eastern oval which expires on 31 August 2017.  Even so, the SACA already undertake the maintenance of the eastern oval and in return schedule cricket on it during the cricket season.  If the draft lease/licence agreement with the SACA is supported, the OIFC will be granted a 10 year (5 + 5) sub lease/licence agreement enabling them to continue to schedule AFL games and training on the eastern oval.

The OIFC’s AFL season will be interrupted in 2017 due to the planned construction works and will need to find a new venue for that period.

Why are the six tennis courts not being replaced?

The Sports Infrastructure Master Plan recommends removal of the six tennis courts and establishing four beach sports courts.  The Master Plan also recommends establishing additional tennis courts in the adjacent park as part of an expansion of the sports facilities licensed by Adelaide High School.

Will these works increase the built ground footprint in Narnungga (Park 25)?

No. The new pavilion will result in an overall reduction in building ground footprint by 60%. In total floor area, there will be an increase from 915 square metres to 1,200 square metres.

Will these works increase the car park footprint in Narnungga (Park 25)?

No. The new car park areas will be 13% smaller, but will facilitate more formal parking spaces and feature improved landscape features including permeable paving and landscape swales.

A total of 136 parking spaces are planned.

Who will be able to use the new car parks?

The smaller northern car park will be managed for maintenance and operation vehicles only.

The larger southern car park will be managed to prioritise access by people using the facilities in Narnungga (Park 25). Over the coming months, Council will be investigating ways to ensure this occurs.

Why is onsite parking being provided?

Narnungga (Park 25) includes four full size sports fields and there is virtually no on street parking available due to the high volume roads and bicycle lanes surrounding the park, restricting on street parking opportunities seven days a week.  As such, onsite parking is critical to supporting community sport in Narnungga (Park 25).

Who will be able to use the central pavilion?

The central pavilion will be available to the community during its opening times, as determined by the sporting fixtures occurring in the Park.  Access to the change rooms will be limited to sports participants, with separate public amenities provided within the pavilion.

An additional set of change rooms has been planned to support use of the beach sports facility.  

Functions will be restricted to sport related activities, e.g. awards presentations, end of season events, game reviews, players/officials education sessions, etc.

Why is a beach sports facility proposed for Narnungga (Park 25)?

Council has been working with Volleyball SA for several years to identify a new location for City Beach, which is a beach sports facility managed by Volleyball SA and located on the corner of Pirie St and Frome St.

Volleyball SA is supportive of a new beach sports facility being established in Narnungga (Park 25) as part of a metropolitan sports hub. The site selected is prominent from the road, is accessible by tram and will be within a short walk of the new biomedical precinct and the University of South Australia.

The proposed design of the beach sports facility includes a kiosk and public toilets to support use of the park for informal recreation.

The beach sports facility will bring activation to the park at night, with lighting proposed to support night time programming.

The new central pavilion will incorporate additional change rooms to support use of the beach sports facility.

Who will be able to use the beach sports courts?

Funding and management of the beach sports facilities are still to be determined but it is envisaged that the courts will be available during set opening times with a fee payable to use them. 

It is not intended to be for elite sport, but rather for recreational and social beach games including volleyball and soccer.

Who will be able to access the kiosk?

Funding and management of the beach sports facilities are still to be determined but it is envisaged that the kiosk will be accessible to everyone using the park.

Will there be lighting in Narnungga (Park 25)?

Yes.  Lighting of the eastern oval will be retained and it is proposed that the beach sports facility will have lighting.  Lighting will be provided within the southern car park along with feature lighting around the central pavilion.

How do I provide my feedback?

There are a number of ways in which you can provide feedback:

Online / Website

Council has a dedicated website that provides an opportunity for quick and efficient online feedback. Visit yoursay.adelaidecitycouncil.com for information about the project and online ways to provide your comments. Alternatively comments can be emailed to yoursay@adelaidecitycouncil.com

Written Submissions

All written submissions must be received by 5.00 pm on Monday 15 August 2016:
Community Consultation
Community Sports Hub – Narnungga (Park 25)
GPO Box 2252, Adelaide SA 5001


What happens to my feedback?

A summary of all the feedback received will provide Council with the necessary direction on how the Community Sports Hub – Narnungga (Park 25) will proceed.

How do I know my feedback has been received?

All feedback forms, submissions or correspondence will be acknowledged either by email or in writing so that you know your comments/feedback has been received.