Hallett Cove Conservation Park trails get accessibility upgrades
05 July 2017
Thousands more South Australians will be able to enjoy the incredible view at the top of Black Hill and experience more of Hallett Cove Conservation Park’s geological treasures thanks to path upgrades that will enable access for prams and assisted wheelchairs.
Construction is expected to be completed by late August and track detours will be in place until work is complete. Signs and maps have been posted to indicate the detours.
The entire length of the 550m trail, starting at the Park’s southern entrance and ending at Black Cliff, is being paved to create a smooth, non-slip surface.
Other improvements include removal of the entry chicane and a reduction in the steepness of the path at the park entrance, allowing easier access for prams and wheelchairs
The path has also been widened to allow visitors to stop and read park interpretive signs without blocking others.
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Ian Hunter, said that these improvements will allow more visitors to safely venture further into the park as the new surface will give wheelchair tyres and pram wheels a much better grip on the track.
"I’m excited that more people will be able to enjoy the beauty of the view from the top of Black Hill and experience the unique geological treasures of Hallett Cove Conservation Park," said Minister Hunter.
"The path will give access to assisted wheelchairs and prams all the way to the Waterfall Creek lookout 375m north of Black Cliff.
"Hallett Cove Conservation Park is of particular interest as it features evidence of an ice age in Australia around 280 million years ago such as glacial striations of international significance," Minister Hunter said.
The $140,000 improvements at Hallett Cove are part of the State Government’s commitment of $10.4 million to upgrade metropolitan national parks and reserves for the growing number of local residents who use outdoor recreational spaces and to make our parks and reserves more accessible and inclusive.
Other parks receiving the upgrades include Anstey Hill Recreation Park, Para Wirra Conservation Park, Cobbler Creek Recreation Park, Onkaparinga River Recreation Park and O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park.