By John Pedler
Published: Friday, October 6, 2023
Those of us who cycle, stroll or scoot along the River Torrens Linear Park have eagerly awaited the completion of the Breakout Creek/Purruna Pari redevelopment. Well, the wait is over.
Work commenced on the section of park between Tapleys Hill Road and the river mouth in February 2022 and was completed this month.
The impressive upgrade has turned a suburban drain into an expansive green recreation space and wetland.
About 245,000 locally-grown trees have been planted and much of the riverbank has been sown with lawn seed. So, in the years to come we can look forward to lush green lawns and patches of forest.
On the northern side there are several sheltered picnic spots, and lookouts with seats are scattered throughout.
The shared pathways that existed before the upgrade have been repaved on both sides of the river, and there are additional trails that head down to the water. Lighting has been installed to help guide the way when the sun sets.
A couple of new wetlands and habitat pools have been established, so standby for croaking frogs in the future.
A new footbridge built across the Torrens joins a stairway that provides access to the recently redeveloped Apex Park on Burbridge Road.
The Lockleys Riding Club horses that have long called the river home will be returning shortly, occupying fancy paddocks on the southern riverbank. Drinking troughs have been provided for these equine residents.
There are still a few finishing touches to be added, including Kaurna art installations.
The River Torrens Linear Park is one of the highlights in a state blessed with an extensive network of shared pathways.
The Breakout Creek/Purruna Pari redevelopment is a feather in the collective caps of Green Adelaide, the cities of Charles Sturt and West Torrens, as well as the state and federal governments.