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Site history and artwork

  • Home to 'The Lions', the Mitchell Park Sports Club was established in the 1970's, and included football, cricket and tennis. Since then, sporting clubs have expanded to including model racing car club, netball, volleyball, basketball, rugby and dog obedience.
  • The original Mitchell Park Neighbourhood Centre was built in 1987.
  • When you visit the Mitchell Park Sports and Community Centre (MPSCC), check out the series of artworks called Congregate that explores the behaviour and overall patterns of communities of people coming together and interacting in a variety of situations, including travel, sports and cultural events.
  • The community wall as you enter the building connects all the artwork in the new Centre and weaves a story of Mitchell Park. It celebrates the Mitchell Park community through the ages; including ‘Country’; ‘Agriculture’; ‘Community’ and ‘Industry’, and welcomes a new community being established.
  • Country. Sturt River, ‘Warripari’ was a meandering stream, winding its way through Marion for thousands of years and supporting an abundance of life. Kaurna people and connection to country.
  • Agriculture. Mitchell Park was once the centre of a thriving farming district and regarded as Australia’s top almond growing region. Fertile wooded land, fresh water and alluvial soils. Glasshouses flourished in MP from the early 1920s. Flooding became a problem; Southwestern Drainage Scheme began in 1960 and completed 1971.
  • Community. From 1950s to the 1960s, the population of Marion grew. One of the fastest growing suburban cities in Australia. Severe housing shortage. Valuable horticultural land purchased by SA Housing Trust to build housing estates such as MP.
  • Industry. After agricultural industry ended, the car manufacturing production line of Chrysler was set up in the 1960s in Clovelly Park. In 1980s the site was owned by Mitsubishi Motors. Manufacturing 1.1 million cars with the last car rolling off the production line in 2008.