Anstey Hill Recreation Park will be filled with free outdoor activities on Sunday 26 March at an Adventure afternoon to celebrate the opening of new facilities.
The popular 380 hectare park now boasts new walking and cycling trails, new public toilets, parking for 40 cars and detailed park information and trail signs.
The fun starts at 3.30pm and will include free activities such as guided ranger walks, a sunset walk, kids’ mountain bike skills and an 8 metre high climbing wall to try.
Friends of Anstey Hill will run a sausage sizzle with drinks for sale.
The sunset walk will go along Quarry Views hike, which is a new elevated trail following the edge of the quarry. Rangers will be on hand to help visitors spot wildlife such as koalas and kangaroos feeding at dusk.
A special treat on offer will be 4WD tours of the park, which will include a visit to Newman’s Nursery and the silver mine with an optional walk. There’s also a great opportunity to try a new healthy activity called Nordic Walking, an active form of walking using poles.
Nylon Theatre will bring their huge inflatable echidna and tell some great stories, always a big hit with the kids.
Anstey Hill Recreation Park is Nature Play’s Park of the Month for March.
Anstey Hill has recently had a major $750,000 upgrade as part of the State Government’s 2014 commitment to invest $10.4 million to upgrade metropolitan national parks and reserves, to help meet the needs of the growing number of local residents for outdoor recreational spaces.
The upgrades include a 200 metre long Class 2 mobility-impaired trail, easily accessible by prams, wheelchairs with assistance and suitable for young children learning to ride bikes.
The entire 25 km trail network has been revamped to include hiking trails, shared use trails, walking only trails and mountain bike only trails.
For the first time, public toilets will be available in the park including disabled access.
The park is well known for Newman’s nursery, the ruins of one of Adelaide’s first commercial nurseries, as well as an old quarry where quartzite and dolomite were mined to build the Adelaide War Memorial, Adelaide Town Hall and Saint Peter’s Cathedral.
The park is home to threatened birds including the Chestnut-rumped Heath wren and Yellow-tailed black cockatoo and some rare plants.
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