Work is underway on the rejuvenation of Adelaide’s popular Pityarilla (Park 19) in the city’s South Park Lands. Led by ASPECT Studios, its revitalisation is the first of many park projects identified by The Office of Design & Architecture SA (ODASA) in partnership with Adelaide City Council. Completion is expected by January 2018.
With its picnic and sporting facilities, Pityarilla (Park 19) has long been a major destination for families and school gatherings. Ot is also home to one of Adelaide’s most loved children’s playgrounds – ‘Marshmallow Park’ — a name derived from the native hollyhock plant (Lavatera plebeia), the roots of which were a popular food for the Indigenous Kaurna people. Pityarrilla in fact means ‘marshmallow root place’.
Bounded by Glen Osmond Road, Greenhill Road and the Porter Street – South Terrace bike link, Pityarilla (Park 19) occupies a 4.5 hectare wedge of the Park Lands. ASPECT’s master plan concept for its rejuvenation was distilled from conversations with community, school and Kaurna representatives, and The City of Adelaide’s public engagement process: ’Shape the Park Lands’. The plan weaves together a landscape narrative inspired equally by the landscape and traditional Kaurna knowledge, with a focus on learning through play and interaction.
Our approach is to enhance the site’s existing natural assets, such as the mature Moreton Bay Fig tree (Ficus macrophylla) at the heart of the children’s playground. The aim is to create an exemplary community park where a variety of recreational and play opportunities are supported by high quality amenities and increased indigenous planting.
Key elements of the plan include a nature-based play space around a rehabilitated creek, a shared-use central promenade and bridge crossing, and a community plaza / activity hub for community events such as market days. Also included will be a dog park, a formal green open space and active recreation courts with tennis and basketball facilities. Lighting, furniture, signage and other amenities will be upgraded and complemented with new artworks. A central north- south ‘promenade’ will improve connectivity to cycleways beyond the site, and invite pedestrian access from the fringes of the Park Lands.
ASPECT’s Adelaide Studio developed the design concept in collaboration with Kate Luckraft from our Sydney studio, and we will lead the multi-disciplinary team of Civil & WSUD engineering, Lighting Design & Service’s Engineering, DDA services, Irrigation design, Traffic & Movement Planning, Architecture, & Nature Play Experts. The project vision is to enhance the Adelaide Park Lands as a vital living system that surrounds and permeates the city.
“The Park Lands are one of Adelaide’s most treasured assets and key to our reputation as one of the world’s most liveable cities,” said South Australian Deputy Premier, the Hon. John Rau MP said: When revitalised, Marshmallow Park will inspire an even greater sense of community, and demonstrate the enormous potential in our unique Park Lands.”