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About the Reserve

Hugh Johnson Boulevard Reserve in Sheidow Park is a regional playground that has two small playgrounds along the shared walking and cycling path (part of the Coast to Vines Rail Trail). This idyllic reserve has a duck pond and lots of opportunity for nature play.

Reserve Upgrade

Council has transformed Hugh Johnson Boulevard Reserve. The upgraded reserve includes two new playgrounds, a pump track, fitness equipment, pond and creek reinstatement and associated works. The official opening was held on 28 August 2022.

The new look playground and associated reserve upgrade works include:

  • A challenging adventure area for older children with a climbing wall and the tallest tunnel slide in Marion!
  • A junior play space including see saw, swings, carousel, and a play structure with slide.
  • An ‘Enchanted Forest’ nature play area, complete with animal sculptures and a magic cauldron.
  • There is a 3 on 3 basketball court, netball ring, mini soccer goals and adult fitness equipment.
  • Junior Pump Track
  • Shade sail over the junior play area
  • Car parking along Patpa Drive
  • Toilet
  • Shared path for bikes, trikes and pedestrians
  • Picnic facilities, shelters, BBQs, picnic tables, bike racks and drinking fountain
  • Reinstatement of pond and creek
  • Landscaping

Consultation on the draft concept via Making Marion occurred in October/ November 2020 and April /May 2021. Community drop in sessions were held end November 2020 and early May 2021. Marion Council endorsement of the concept plan on 8 June 2021. Council received matching funding from the State Government’s Open Space and Places for People grant program to construct the reserve upgrade in December 2021.

The reserve upgrade received a IPWEA Excellence Awards Certificate of High Commendation in the category of Best Public Works Project - Under $2M on 8 September 2023.

Project History

Natural elements


Bench seats and picnic tables are scattered throughout the reserve in cool shady areas or near the play equipment. There is a BBQ on the southern side.

Coast to Vines Rail Trail | Marino to Willunga

There are a number of parks and playgrounds on or near to the Coast to Vines Rail Trail (listed from coast to vines).

Take your time and explore our other parks along your journey.


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Connects Hallett Close Reserve, Morford Reserve, Montague Drive Reserve and Sandy Glass Court Reserve

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