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Ice Rink

An unsolicited proposal from a group of private investors to build an international standard ice rink and rock-climbing facility in Marion was endorsed by the City of Marion in late 2022.

Ice Rinks Adelaide and the Pelligra Group want to build the $20 million venture on a 10,000sqm site at 262a Sturt Road that they plan to lease from council for 42 years.

The site is owned by council and is classified as 'Community Land'. The status of Community Land has not been changed, however to allow the site to be leased on agreed commercial terms, a Community Land Management Plan was developed. Both the Community Land Management Plan and the decision for Council to enter into a lease went through public consultation processes.

Council has negotiated lease terms with the developer. The developer has since submitted an application for planning consent, and this application is currently being verified by Council before it can be formally lodged.

The proposal includes:

  • An international standard ice rink (single sheet)
  • 350-450 spectator capacity
  • Pro shop
  • Sport Climbing – international competition rock climbing walls
  • Recreational rock climbing and bouldering
  • Themed rock-climbing walls for children
  • Children’s play café
  • Kiosk/restaurant

How much would this proposal cost Council?

This proposal involves no capital investment from the Council. The developers would pay rent over the term of the lease and offer discounts for City of Marion residents who use the facility. Note that the venture is smaller in scale than an original two-rink proposal put to Council back in 2018.

When will construction begin if the consultation is successful?

The development approval process (for planning and building consent) has commenced but is not likely to be completed until early 2024. This needs to include satisfactory traffic and parking solutions. Council has previously resolved to prohibit traffic movements from 262a Sturt Road to Shelley Avenue or Christina Street. Construction on site is estimated to commence in April/May 2024.

For more information on the project, please visit the Marion Ice Rink - Making Marion page.


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