Future Adelaide: Path clear for major upgrade of Linear Park
Ben Cameron, The Advertiser
WITH billions of dollars pouring into the area, the northwestern suburbs with have been getting their share of the headlines but there’s also a feast of major projects happening in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs.
A PLAN to install more lights, new bridges and a better path system will rejuvenate the eastern reaches of Adelaide’s Linear Park.
The Tea Tree Gully council’s stretch of the path has been criticised in the past for being directionless, neglected in places and with a dearth of playgrounds and toilets.
But through new investment and the popularity of rogaining – a form of orienteering – Tea Tree Gully is aiming to become a tourist haven on the back of wheels and walking.
Up to 600 people will visit the green expanses of TTG for the third year in succession for the South Australian Rogaining Association event on November 3, and the association’s president Kate Corner says the park is perfect for the sport.
Council spokesman Tony Amato says the event will exhibit improvements that are on the horizon for the park.
The biggest of those is a $400,000 council investment, which includes the removal of “conflict points” along the path – places where rider and walker interaction is less than ideal.
New park furniture, a barbecue, eight picnic settings and five drinking fountains are also planned, while the council is floating the idea of lighting the entire 10km stretch at a cost of at least $1 million.
While Bike SA Chief Executive Christian Haag welcomes planned improvements, he believes council investment has been at “chronically low levels” in cycling and infrastructure “poorly serviced”. He said the park trail was “increasingly under pressure”.
“Where appropriate, the path should be widened or duplicated to provide better separation between walkers and riders. And improved lighting will provide greater safety for users,” Mr Haag said. “All … councils (near the Hills) have a responsibility to cater for the thousands of riders who head into the Hills each week, regardless of whether they are residents or visitors.”
Meanwhile, Campbelltown wants to be known as the “Gateway to the Hills” and the council’s CEO, Paul Di Iulio, says it is well placed to deliver.
A year ago, the council endorsed a master plan to improve its cycling network, including $1.75 million over four years, however, the council cannot say what’s happened since.
Regular path user Julian Hinton, of Fairview Park, says Linear Park could become a bigger tourist drawcard with some better direction.
“More signposts would be good,” Mr Hinton said. “Perhaps if I was going to have a family picnic, where’s the nearest bakery or cafe?”