Walk through Adelaide and you’ll experience an urban transformation. With one of the City’s priorities centred on building first class infrastructure, more vibrant places are appearing, connecting residents to cultural and economic opportunities.
Behind the changing landscape are several collaborative projects. The Market to Riverbank link – a joint project between the City of Adelaide and the State Government through Renewal SA – is a leading example in the West End. Beginning at the Adelaide Central Market, continuing down Pitt Street, Bentham Street, Topham Mall, Leigh Street and Bank Street through to the Riverbank precinct – it’s designed to boost economic vitality by increasing the number of attractions and adding art and greening. Works from Bank Street to Topham Mall North are targeted for completion by the end of December 2017 and incorporate smart lighting to increase safety.
The East End also has a unique opportunity for revitalisation. As well as the State Government’s city tram extension project, Renewal SA is working with partners to create a mixed-use precinct on the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site that will include a technological and knowledge district, be home to start-ups and business incubators, and provide short and long term accommodation for students and older people. Council supports re-energising the area and, in October 2017, Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese hosted an East End trader forum to discuss the projects underway in the East End and delivered a series of workshops to support local businesses.
For cyclists, construction of the North-South Bikeway will build on the existing Frome Bikeway, connecting Unley’s Rugby/Porter Bikeway to the Braund Road Bike Boulevard in Prospect.
The City of Adelaide is also working jointly with the State Government on extensive Park Lands enhancements. Work continues in Pelzer Park / Pityarilla (Park 19) with the new Dog Park (pictured below) now open and Marshmallow Playground and surrounds being upgraded.
The popular netball courts at Josie Agieus Park / Wikaparntu Wirra (Park 22) are being redeveloped and expanded to service a growing demand, and the spectator area enhanced, while improvements at Gladys Elphick Park / Narnungga (Park 25) will benefit new Royal Adelaide Hospital users and people living and working in the West End.
For more information and project updates, visit yourfutureadelaide.com.au