Additional car parks have been added at Morialta Conservation Park and a shuttle bus service will run on Sunday to ferry visitors from nearby Black Hill in order to meet the overwhelming popularity of the new play space.
An extra 28 spaces have been added this week to the grassed area near the Stradbroke Road carpark. The carpark has 35 spaces and another 35 were recently made available on the grass, bringing the total spaces available in this area to 98.
With these new spaces, there are now over 220 car parking spaces available within Morialta Conservation Park, as well as approximately 70 more along Stradbroke Road.
A free shuttle bus will enable visitors to park at Black Hill (entering at the Maryvale Road entrance) and take a five-minute shuttle bus ride to Morialta. The 33-seater shuttle bus will run every half hour from 10 am to 4.30 pm. The last bus will leave Morialta at 4.30 pm.
The shuttle bus services will initially be provided on Sunday 8 October and Sunday 15 October. The service will then be reviewed for possible continuation, based on demand.
Mr Hunter said that with the opening of the new playground at Morialta coinciding with the first sunshine of spring, thousands of families have been flocking to Morialta Conservation Park which has created some traffic flow issues for the local community.
“We’re providing additional parking spaces to alleviate some of the parking pressures on local roads and backstreets as families flock to this purpose built nature wonderland.
“We are also considering the feasibility of longer term options to increase parking capacity in the park.
“We ask visitors to be patient and considerate of others, including residents, and to take care when driving and crossing roads. We don’t want anything to spoil people’s enjoyment of this wonderful new play space.”
A drop-off zone will be available to drop off family members and belongings before parking.
New directional and cautionary signage has been erected, and there will be an increase in ranger presence to assist visitors.
Traffic management will be on site on weekends to direct traffic and parking flow and ensure that all car parking spaces are used efficiently.
The new $900,000 play space officially opened in mid-September and has greatly increased the number of visitors to Morialta.
Spread over 200 metres at the Stradbroke Road picnic area, it includes a climbing tower and long slide, the maze-like Great Snake and three climbing boulders to help children and adults build their rock climbing skills.
The Morialta play space is part of a 2014 election commitment to invest $10.4 million in connecting more people with nature by improving visitor facilities in Adelaide’s metropolitan parks.