SOUTH Australian Housing and Urban Development Minister John Rau last week announced that construction will commence this month on a new $5 million town park as part of the Playford Alive urban renewal project in Adelaide's north.
The 1.3-hectare town park, which will be located on the corner of Peachey Road and The Parkway at Munno Para, will feature two playgrounds, a waterplay area, skate park with plaza area, amphitheatre with stage, picnic facilities and a contemplative garden.
The town park will also be home to the City of Playford's $16.6 million Stretton Centre, which received $11.3 million in funding under the previous Federal Government's Suburban Jobs program, and will include a community centre, public library, training facilities, and a café.
Mr Rau said the Playford Alive town park was designed with the input of the community and will become an asset not just for local residents but for the wider region.
"Playford Alive has always been much more than a housing development – it is about transforming a community and the new town park is another step towards that ambition," the Minister said.
Adelaide-based company Landscape Construction Services (LCS Landscapes) has been appointed by Renewal SA to build the new park and as part of the requirements of Renewal SA's Works Program at Playford Alive, LCS Landscapes will provide 10 work experience placements, with five to be offered ongoing employment positions for the duration of the contract.
LCS Landscapes Chief Executive Officer Roger Wood said the town park was an exciting project and would become a community asset.
"The Playford Alive Town Park provides an exciting challenge for LCS Landscapes to deliver an important community asset," Mr Wood said.
"A number of new jobs will be created from this project and will directly assist in retaining local employment and ensuring economic benefits remain within our state."
Mr Rau said to coincide with the town park contract, Renewal SA is searching for builders to develop prime land overlooking the town park that would be suitable for two or three-storey terraces.
The Playford Alive urban renewal project covers more than 1,000 hectares, including 500 hectares of new development. It involves the regeneration of the Peachey Belt (Davoren Park and Smithfield Plains) and the development of broadacre land in Munno Para and Andrews Farm currently under the control of Renewal SA.
Over the next ten to 15 years, it is expected that more than 9,000 new dwellings will increase the population from 13,000 to more than 40,000. The project includes over 70 hectares of land for parks, wetlands and reserves, a new town centre with shops, cafés and services as well as neighbourhood shops.