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Jervois Street Reserve in South Plympton is a regional playground and was opened in August 2016 with additional butterfly shades added in June 2018.

The reserve offers something for people of all ages with a fenced junior playground, senior playground, fitness equipment, bike tracks, basketball/netball facilities, a toilet and picnic facilities.

Junior Playground

The junior playground is fully fenced with a sandpit with bucket and pulley and water play all under the beautiful shade of a butterfly.

Kids love exploring the apple tunnel and climbing the log steps to the mound slide.  Another beautiful butterfly shade shelters the swings.

Discover “Jervie” our caterpillar sculpted by Geoff Bromilow a local wood artist.  Rachel Dempsey won our competition to name him and we’re sure he only eats leaves... Actually he probably eats apples too as there seems to be a large hole in the one here!

Watch the short video showing the iconic Butterfly Shade being craned into position.

Senior Playground

The senior playground has a higher-than-average flying fox, wooden climbing frame and a spinning-swinging tyre swing.  Big bright butterfly shades provide cover over the wooden climbing frame.

Sports

There is a gravel "pump track" and undulating bitumen area to test your biking and scooting skills. A 3 on 3 basketball court and netball ring keep older kids entertained.

Circling the site is a 280 metre path that kids love scooting along and the central area of the reserve has a central oval (44m x 32m) with raised mounds so balls don't roll too far away.

Fitness Equipment

There is a selection of static fitness equipment in the southwest corner of the reserve.

To see how to use the equipment, watch the video.

Games

On the southern side of the reserve are chess tables and a table tennis table. Bring your equipment/game pieces and challenge a friend.

Public art

There are a number of public art pieces throughout the reserve. Find out more about them on our Art in public places webpage.

Development | Funding, Consultation, Design, Opening

Funding...

Council bought the land from Housing SA (now Renewal SA) in 2013 to create more open space in the city’s north. The land cost $2.94 million with Council providing $1.56 million and the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure the balance.

The reserve development was funded by $590,000 from the City of Marion, $300,000 from Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and a $50,000 donation from Edwardstown Rotary Club.  The Edwardstown Rotary Club donation has provided the family facilities including a shelter, picnic tables, electric BBQ, bins and drinking fountain.

Design...

The design was informed by extensive consultation with the local community and schools.

A spacial concept map that was the start of the concept plan can viewed below.  The spacial map set the scene for the different activity nodes of the site.

Consultation...

Extensive community consultation informed the design (on-site and online), with the final concept plan endorsed by Council at the General Council meeting on 14 July 2015.  You can view the consultation reports below.

Opening...

Jervois Street Reserve was officially opened by Mayor Kris Hanna on 28 August 2016.

You can view a a video of the opening and speeches.

In the media

Awards

2017 Awards of Excellence | Parks and Leisure Australia (SA/NT)

Jervois Street Reserve "A Reserve Shaped by the Community" was awarded Park of the Year in the Parks and Leisure Australia (SA/NT) Awards of Excellence.

2017 Excellence in Public Health Awards | Minister for Public Health

Jervois Street Reserve was the Metropolitan Winner in the 2017 Minister for Health Excellence in Public Health Awards.

2017 Local Government Awards | Heart Foundation

Jervois Street Reserve was highly commended in the Heart Foundation 2017 Local Government Awards in the category Councils with populations greater than 50,000.

2016 Destination of the Year | Baby and Toddler Destinations Adelaide

Baby and Toddler Destinations Adelaide named Jervois Street Reserve Destination of the Year in 2016.

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