Opening Of New Cobbler Creek Facilities Sees Visitor Numbers Increase

Opening Of New Cobbler Creek Facilities Sees Visitor Numbers Increase

South Australia Minister for Environment Ian Hunter

Record Numbers Flock To New Cobbler Creek Facilities

Victor P Taffa

Visitor numbers are booming at Cobbler Creek Recreation Park in the northern suburbs following the opening of a new adventure playground, bike trails, and barbecue and picnic facilities.

“Cobbler Creek is a great destination for people from all over the Adelaide metropolitan area, and is especially convenient for northern suburbs residents.” Minister for Environment Ian Hunter said.

Environment Minister Ian Hunter said people have been flocking to the park by car, bike and on foot since the official opening of the new ‘kites and kestrels’ playground in October.

“Now that the park offers more nature-based recreational opportunities, word has got around and many more people are visiting to enjoy what is a wonderful public space.” Mr. Hunter said.

 

Number of visitors entering the park increased from about 1,350 people a month to more than 12,300 in January.

“With these improvements it’s now the place families want to go it’s where children want to play and explore, and like my grandchildren, it’s where kids simply have fun using their imaginations.” Member for Wright Jennifer Rankine said.

New bike trails at Pedler’s Paddock are also proving popular, with riders spending hours at the Black Diamond Jump Line.

“We have observed a big increase in people visiting the park for the play area and also to ride around using the bike trails.” Friends of Cobbler Creek President Stephen Rogers said.

Mountain bike use of the Valley Circuit, Short and Sweet, and Ruins Loop trails has increased 83% since the park’s new trail network opened in 2014.

“As a volunteer helping to maintain the shared use trails, I regularly interact with park users and have noticed that the new playground and pump track has quickly become a well-used hub for family birthday parties and social gatherings.” Cobbler Creek Riders member Elendil Archer said.

 

Background

Visitor facilities at Cobbler Creek Recreation Park are part of the State Government’s $10.4 Million election commitment to improve facilities in metropolitan national parks.

New playground features an elevated treehouse, nest-shaped sandpits with climbable eggs, a flying fox, swings and a slide. Around the park are new barbecues, picnic shelters, a pump track, car parks, disabled access paths and toilets.

Cobbler Creek Recreation Park is 19 km north of Adelaide’s CBD, and can be explored by bike or on foot via a 17 km network of shared-use sustainable trails.