What is a Master Plan?

A Master Plan is a term commonly used to describe a comprehensive planning process for the future of a place or facility. It is a blueprint that serves as a long-term plan to guide change, and does not include detailed design or guarantee future funding.

Why do we need a Master Plan?

The ‘re-imagining’ of Rymill Park is identified as one of the ten ‘Big Moves’ of the Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy (APLMS) 2015-2025In 2017, the City of Adelaide and the State Government agreed to co-fund the development of a Master Plan as one of the key demonstration projects in the Park Lands to enhance and increase visitation to the park.

What does the Master Plan address?

The draft Master Plan strengthens the existing attractive qualities of the park by addressing recent changes within the park and its surrounds, including:

  • population increases in surrounding areas
  • major developments in the area, such as Lot Fourteen in the Old Royal Adelaide Hospital site, the city tram extension and the O-Bahn Busway on site
  • key park facilities in need of upgrade, such as the lake, public toilets and playspace
  • promoting increased visitation to the Park Lands and supporting a wide range of events and activities. 

When will the Master Plan be finalised?

After considering all feedback the draft Master Plan will be reviewed. A final Master Plan will be presented to Council for endorsement in early 2020.

When can I expect to see any changes in Rymill Park?

The planning and design of several projects are already underway in the park including event infrastructure upgrades, an inclusive play space and the Place of Reflection.

Implementation of the remaining actions in the draft Master Plan will be subject to Council consideration of future funding to the park, with the Master Plan likely be delivered in stages over several years.

Which elements of the Master Plan have been funded?

The Inclusive Playspace

The existing playspace is in need of upgrading. In March 2019, the SA Government committed funds towards the Quentin Kenihan Inclusive Playspace, to be located within Rymill Park.

The new playspace is currently at the early design stage with construction projected for completion late in 2020. Consultation for the playspace will occur separately to consultation on the draft Master Plan.

Place of Reflection

In 2018, the City of Adelaide and Arts SA dedicated funds for a Place of Reflection, to demonstrate its commitment to reconciliation and to commemorate the Stolen Generations.

The Place of Reflection will be a high-profile memorial, integrated in a welcoming and relaxed park setting. Consultation with key stakeholders is currently underway, separate from consultation on the draft Master Plan.

Event infrastructure upgrades

As one of the most popular event spaces in the Adelaide Park Lands, there is a need to upgrade and expand on existing event infrastructure in the park to support projected increases in attendance at events.

This upgrade will support the park’s role as a premium event venue while enhancing its attractive qualities. Detailed design is funded and currently underway. Funding for construction will be subject to Council consideration in 2020-21.

What will happen to the lake?

The lake is one of the main attractions in the park. However, its base and edge are deteriorating, with associated water quality issues impacting the lake’s usability, beauty and ongoing maintenance.

The draft Master Plan proposes two options to upgrade the lake:

Option 1. Ornamental lake,
retained as an extensive open water body for recreational use


Option 2. Vegetated wetland,
a naturalistic feature with a self-sustaining water supply (from nearby stormwater run-off)

Both options retain the water body and island in their current footprint. Refer to details of each option in the draft Master Plan.

Are there any proposed changes to car parking?

The draft Master Plan proposes improvements to existing parking in and around the park to facilitate visitation and to meet Australian Standards for parking.

When the new playspace is completed, we expect visitation and demand on parking to also increase. As part of the playspace project, we will be assessing existing car parking locations and conditions within and around the park. This may result in further improvements to car parking in future.

Due to the introduction of a new inclusive playspace in the park, it is anticipated that there will be an increase in visitation to the area. We will be assessing existing car parking locations and conditions in and around the park. Existing car parking conditions may also change based on these investigations.

Will the Master Plan proposals impact on events?

Event organisers are also being consulted to ensure the proposed changes to the park will facilitate and enhance future events.

Will any trees be removed?

Based on a preliminary tree assessment, the draft Master Plan proposes that some trees in decline or inappropriate species be relocated or removed. However it is also proposed that a number of new trees be planted to reinforce the attractive character and features of the park.

Further investigations will be undertaken by qualified arborists as part of the next design phases. A tree report will be undertaken to assess the condition of individual trees prior to confirming their retention, relocation or removal. During the next phases of design for the park, including for the inclusive playspace, qualified arborists will be engaged to identify trees for removal if necessary. Consultation will also be undertaken with event organisers to ensure site access is maintained. The draft Master Plan proposes the addition of many trees to reinforce the attractive landscape character and features of the park that will offset any tree removals.

Which parts of the draft Master Plan are non-negotiable?

Parts of the draft Master Plan that are non-negotiable and will not be reconsidered include:

  • Additional options for the lake (other than the two already proposed)
  • Removal of existing key event spaces, or actions that may prohibit or discourage events from using the park
  • Removal of tree avenues, artwork, sculptures and plaques of cultural and heritage significance
  • Removal or relocation of the kiosk
  • Removal or relocation of projects currently underway: the Quentin Kenihan Inclusive Playspace, Place of Reflection and the event infrastructure upgrades.

What about the Community Land Management Plan?

A Community Land Management Plan (CLMP) is a document that outlines how Council owned land is to be managed, and includes objectives and policies setting out how land can be used by the community.

The current CLMP for Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka (Park 14) is currently under review, in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1999.

Community consultation on the revised CLMP for Rymill Park will occur concurrently with the draft Master Plan from mid-November 2019.

Will the Master Plan affect the Park Lands National Heritage listing?

No, the draft Master Plan supports Colonel Light’s National Heritage Listed 1837 “Adelaide Park Lands and City Layout”, and the values that underpin this heritage listing. Changes at the scale anticipated by the Master Plan will not adversely affect the values of this Listing.

How do I provide ideas and raise issues on the park?

If you wish to report an issue which needs to be addressed immediately, please call the City of Adelaide’s Customer Centre at 8203 7203.

If you wish to provide ideas and feedback on the draft Master Plan, please fill out the survey as part of the consultation process or come meet us face to face on the community consultation open day.