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Parks, pooches and playspaces

At Play People of Adelaide

Posted on 22 Jun 2018

Need a little inspiration to get yourself or the kids off the couch this winter? Look no further than the new Pelzer Park / Pityarilla (Park 19) Marshmallow Activity Hub in the city’s south – it’s the latest addition to the Adelaide Park Lands' long list of places to get active in the outdoors with your family and fur-friends.

Just a 12-minute stroll from the South Terrace tram stop, this multi-use play destination opened in late April and has been a huge hit ever since with people of all ages and abilities, from across the city and afar.

The project was delivered as a partnership between the State Government of South Australia and the City of Adelaide. Many of the most popular new features in this revitalised space came from ideas shared by kids and adults during Council’s ‘Shape the Park Lands’ consultation in 2015.

Among those are the hub’s many nature play elements. Nature play encourages kids to let their imaginations run wild and create their own fun and games using natural elements and formations they can climb on, clamber over and splash around in – all while learning important skills like balance and problem-solving.

The fully-fenced Marshmallow Playspace is now a mix of traditional and new play equipment ideal for younger kids. Alongside the essentials – swings, slides and sandpits – it has a small wood climbing frame and a natural waterplay hill where budding engineers can create their own little rivers through rocks and sand paths.

For a more challenging experience, cross the bridge over the creek bed and let the kids roam free around the brand new Oxbow Playspace. This amazing open area has a large wooden climbing frame with its own rope net, boulders big and small and an enormous tepee made of recycled logs. The creek bed itself has been completely transformed with hundreds of new native plantings to increase biodiversity in the years to come.

If you’re after a place to gather with friends, the Pelzer Park / Pityarilla Activity Hub is also home to a big expanse of green open space where you can kick the footy or simply spread out a few picnic blankets. There’s also a community basketball half court and a tennis court, both with push-button night lighting so you can still enjoy a game in winter after work.

The well-shaded Pityarilla Dog Park at the northern end of the hub has separate sections for big and small dogs, there are natural obstacles to be explored and water fountains to quench thirsty throats.

Alison Lorenzen visits the park five times a week, travelling from Highgate with poodles Miffy and Digby and her two children, Susie and Hugo.

“When you have inside dogs, you need to get them out running around so they tire,” said Alison. “The dogs just love it here and it’s good for us as well to get out and spend some time together.”

Haylee Knowles lives in Goodwood and brings Prince, her six-year-old pug x beagle, to Pelzer Park each afternoon for some exercise.

“During winter, you don’t go outdoors a lot so having a dog is a good excuse – it gets you out and about more than you usually would. It stops you from getting the winter blues and it’s really nice seeing Prince with other dogs, watching them play around with each other and get their energy out.”
Haylee Knowles, regular at the Pityarilla Dog Park with her pooch, Prince

With so much on offer for so many, it’s easy to make a day of it here which is why the hub also has a shelter, two barbecues and toilet facilities. It’s the perfect place to spend some quality old-fashioned family time with your kids or your pooch, meet your friends, enjoy a picnic, and maintain an active lifestyle during the winter period.

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