Why can’t dogs be walked off-leash on the Criterium Track when in use?
The last thing Council wants is for a cyclist and dog to collide so the proposal is to enable dogs to roam off-leash around the fitness loop and in the southern end, while keeping them on-leash around the Criterium track area when in use.
The proposed changes seek to balance the needs of all users and to make sure that the park can be used safely by everyone including cyclists, pedestrians, runners, sporting teams and dogs.
Why don’t cyclists slow down and keep out of the way of pedestrians/dogs?
As per the Victoria Park Masterplan, the north eastern area of Victoria Park is being transformed into a cycling hub, with a dedicated off-road Criterium Track designed for cyclist racing.
Council is implementing a number of measures to raise awareness amongst users of the Park of the Criterium Track rules for use and to educate cyclists, pedestrians and people participating in recreational activities to look out and be aware of each other.
The measures that are being implemented include signage around and on the track as well as information provided on Council's website and general awareness raising and communications to formal and informal Park users.
The recommendation to extend the dog-off leash area comes as a result of ongoing communication and feedback received from the community and the South East Community Residents Association (SECRA) when communicating the changes endorsed in September 2014. The leaflet outlining these changes was provided to all respondents to the engagement and all registered dog owners within the City boundaries.
It was clear from the engagement process in July 2014 that the community was not aware of changes to the dog-off leash area prescribed in the original CLMP following removal of the horse racing infrastructure. As part of these changes this area became an on-leash area. It is apparent that the community were not aware of the CLMP’s management directions with regards to the dog-off leash areas.
Why is the area west of the Park Lands Trail now an on-leash area?
In April 2015, the Adelaide Park Lands Authority (APLA) recommended that the area west of the north-south sealed pathway (Park Lands Trail) be an on-leash area. This recommendation was based on this area being popular for BBQ’s and picnics and is well used by cyclists and runners.
Why are the time restrictions on model aircraft being removed?
Administration undertook a noise assessment of the unmanned aerial vehicles using the park.
All of the measured aircraft satisfied the day time (7.00am-10.00pm) noise criteria at the nearest noise sensitive receiver when operated in isolation. Up to four push type propeller aircraft or nine ducted-fan type aircraft may be flown in the flight area simultaneously without exceeding the noise criteria. No daytime operation restrictions are required for gliders or pull-type propeller model aircraft based on noise emissions.
Is there any other part of the Park Lands that people can fly model aircraft?
Walyo Yerta (Park 21, located between Sir Lewis Cohen Av and Peacock Rd) in the Southern Park Lands has been deemed a dedicated model aeroplane area – people can fly their model aircraft in this area (only) without seeking permission from Council first, as long as they have their own insurance.