In December 2008 Adelaide City Council endorsed the Masterplan for the redevelopment of Victoria Park/Bakkabakkandi following the end of horse racing. The Master Plan offered a unique opportunity to transform and regenerate Victoria Park for the ongoing enjoyment and use of the general community. The Plan was the result of extensive community and stakeholder consultation (which included more than one thousand responses) which strongly endorsed the new direction for the Park’s future use.
As part of a staged implementation process the Victoria Park/Bakkabakkandi Masterplan will create a revitalised park that is a significant destination for informal community recreation. The regeneration of the Park will also deliver a number of integrated outcomes relating to environmental and sustainability initiatives and the provision of formal and informal recreation facilities, the conservation of threatened remnant plant species and habitat for rare butterflies and the reuse of built heritage and the promotion of increased visitation and use.
The vision of the Victoria Park Masterplan is to:
Achieve a vibrant, flexible and sustainable recreational open space, promoting and supporting a variety of community activities and visitor attractions, whilst preserving the site’s unique landscape and heritage qualities.
The Master Plan has further evolved (June 2011) with design adjustments made for the community led and championed native vegetation management agreement area (with DENR), and the reduced playing field area to allow corridors between the remnant vegetation area and the butterfly zone to the south of the running track.
The masterplan is consistent with the key principles of the Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy, namely to:
This consultation has concluded.