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Along the length of the River Torrens Linear Park between the Adelaide Hills and the coast there are pedestrian pathways, shared use (pedestrian / bicycle) paths, boardwalks and bridges, public lighting, playgrounds, picnic and BBQ facilities, public toilets, car parks, signage, drink stations, and a range of seating, tables, shelters and other facilities.
Most of the recreational and transport facilities have been in place for over 30 years, although there have been many areas that have been upgraded or replaced during that period.
An examination of the overall availability of recreational facilities and trails along the length of the River Torrens Linear Park reveals huge variety in terms of:
In order to plan for the future an evaluation is needed of the overall condition of existing infrastructure and other features within the Linear Park, and to assess this against some agreed expectations as to what quality and quantity of facilities should be provided.
The Councils recognise that planning needs to take into account both the current and future community needs of those using the River Torrens Linear Park, including the special needs of the aged and people with disabilities.
The investigations that will be undertaken will be at a broad strategic level, providing overall direction for the 9 Councils responsible for improving the Linear Park over time.
The Integrated Strategic Asset Management Plan for the River Torrens Linear Park (the RTLP ISAMP) is a joint project between the 9 metropolitan Councils that adjoin the River Torrens Linear Park. It aims to identify how the infrastructure and facilities along the River Torrens Linear Park can be improved in the future, and how best to manage improvements in an integrated way that relates to the availability of funds.
The project is being managed by the River Torrens Linear Park Coordinating Committee, through its Assets and Infrastructure Working Group. The committee has commissioned Tonkin Consulting in association with Jensen Planning + Design to prepare the Plan.
The Linear Park is one of Adelaide’s most significant recreational parks, and is used for walking, cycling, public events, fitness, play facilities and picnic / BBQ areas, and generally by people enjoying the beautiful natural environment.
Consultation has concluded.