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This is an off-leash park where dogs can exercise off-leash, except within 5 metres of a playground, at a wetland or when organised sport is being played.

Hendrie Street Reserve in Park Holme is a regional playground with the first accessible playground in the region: Hendrie Street Reserve Inclusive Playground.

The reserve also features a large grassed area, 3 on 3 basketball and is adjacent to the Marion Outdoor Pool and historic Patritti vineyards.

Hendrie Street Reserve Inclusive Playground was officially opened by The Governor of South Australia, His Excellency Mr Hieu Van Le on 10 August 2018.

Consideration has been given to children who may have mobility issues, vision and hearing impairments and spectrum disorders such as autism and incorporates principles of inclusive play.

Playground

Fruit Crate Multistation

The tall climbing and sliding structure stands in the centre of the site with access for wheelchairs to the first level.  The tall internal net challenges climbers that dare to ride the slide; the design of the net ensures the climber’s skills to reach the height of the top level.

If children need a moment away from the hustle and bustle of the playground there's a sensory room off a ramp from the multistation where sound is diminished and they can do some calming art on the chalkboard (BYO chalk).  In time a vine will grow over the arbour, adding to the secluded feel.

The design is inspired by the agricultural history of the area and incorporates a secluded space behind the climbing wall.  The bucket and pulley system encourages connected-play, teamwork and communication.

Sand and Water Play

Sensory seekers will love the water play areas and sandpit.  A giant water corkscrew can be activated by turning the circular crank at the top, helping children develop motor skills.  The water is elevated up to the top and recycled back down to the tap below.  A lever pump is situated on opposite side of the water play area.

On the other side to the corkscrew is the sandpit and a rocky river, providing two different sensory experiences.

Carousel

Take a spin on the ground-level carousel which is accessible to people with mobility impairments.  Children of all abilities are able to connect and play together while spinning around.

Swings

There are a range of different swings all under bright green shade sails.

The Expression Swing allows you to experience swinging with your infant/toddler.  The usual baby swing a standard swing are provided.  The basket swing allows kids of different abilities to swing and socialise and the unique 3-bay rope swing allows friends to swing together in unison.

Bull Rider

The 3-armed bull rider allows 6 children to rock back and forth together, while being able to look at each other and enjoy the fun together.

Bike Track

A ramped and twisting 40m bike track is in the north-western corner of the playground.  The ramped and hilly mounds make this circuit a more challenging-than the average track.

Facilities

The toilets at the playground are fully accessible and include an adult-sized change table.

Hard pathways through the playground have been designed wider to allow the easy access and manoeuverability of mobility chairs.

Accessible BBQs are installed within the playground that allow wheelchair users to easily cook.

Sheltered picnic tables are provided within the playground, with lighting operating from 5:00pm-10:00pm.. Grassy picnic areas are also provided within the Inclusive Playground.

Ample car parking, including disabled parking, is available and allocated coach spaces make this a great group excursion location.

Official Opening | 10 August 2018

In the media

Public art

Dig and Delve is the iconic giant shovel-shaped sculpture by Laura Wills and William Cheesman at the centre of the playground.  Find out more on our Art in public places webpage.

Design

In a South Australian first, the new inclusive playground at Hendrie Street Reserve in Park Holme has been designed to cater for all ages and abilities and includes elements for a broad range of disabilities.

Design...

Consideration has been given to children who may have mobility issues, vision and hearing impairments and spectrum disorders such as autism and incorporates principles of inclusive play, which means that there will be something for everyone, although not every will be able to use every piece of equipment.

The design drew on the history of Marion and features representation of a street layout and Marion village settlement from 1922 which includes Morphettville Racecourse, Sturt River and orchards.

The colour palette throughout the playground reflect the purples, reds and greens of the adjacent historic vineyard, still in operation by Patritti wines.

The concept report is available here:
Hendrie Street Reserve Inclusive Playground | Draft Concept Report | October 2015.

The community consultation report is available here:  
Hendrie Street Reserve Inclusive Playground | Community Consultation Report | April 2016

Funding/Sponsors...

The $974,000 playground was made possible by the partnership of a number of funding organisations/individuals.

The City of Marion invested $310,000 plus design and construction services in the project.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure contributed $530,000.

Edwardstown Rotary Club donated $14,000.

Arts SA contributed $10,000.

Touched by Olivia raised more than $110,000 through sponsorships and in-kind donations. 

Major sponsors were: 
BankSA
Boral
Captain Blackeye
Kids in Adelaide
Kris Hanna
- Lyn Bray
Patritti
Plot Works
Terrain
The Primary Club of Australia

The City of Marion thanks every who has given their time and money so generously.

Hendrie Street Reserve

The reserve features a large grassy area for picnics or informal ball sports.

Bring a ball and shoot some hoops on the 3 on 3 basketball court.

 On the south-western corner of the reserve there is toilet.

Nearby Locations

Stay and have a swim or ride the slides at the Marion Outdoor Pool.

Head north to explore the playground at Appleby Road Reserve which opened July 2018, stopping off at Everest Avenue Reserve on the way.

Heading south you can cross Oaklands Road and also explore Oaklands Reserve or Rajah Street Reserve.  Slightly further afield is Kenton Avenue Reserve.

Award

2016 Awards for Excellence | Parks and Leisure Australia (SA/NT)

Hendrie Street Reserve won the award in the Leisure and/or Open Space: Planning category for the Parks and Leisure Australia (SA/NT) 2016 Awards for Excellence for “Everyone Can Play – Planning in Partnership for an Inclusive Playspace”.

Location

Nearby parks

Parsons Grove Reserve Orchard 2

Parsons Grove Reserve

Park Holme

Parsons Grove

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Everest Avenue Reserve Logs Xb 1

Everest Avenue Reserve

Morphettville

Everest Avenue

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Woodforde Family Reserve Playground Sign 1

Woodforde Family Reserve

Park Holme

Sandison Avenue

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