The Felixstow Reserve redevelopment has just finished and this lovely community area opened in February 2019. The new park has been fully redeveloped and, while it doesn’t have a huge set of ‘play equipment’ it does have wide open spaces, wetlands, cultural and a fitness trail.
A great new wetlands system, which provides a home for birds and animals while capturing, treating and storing stormwater through an Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) scheme. Our kids enjoyed seeing baby ducks and the beautiful waterways. The recycled stormwater will be used for irrigation purposes across the eastern region of Adelaide (very cool!).
The Kaurna Interpretive Trail weaves it’s way through the reserve providing information and insight into the local Kaurna culture through a series of art markers created by Paul Herzich, a Kaurna/Ngarrindjeri artist and designer.
Nature play – In an era where every playground built this decade seems to claim ‘ nature play’ Felixstow Reserve is a spot where there is more Nature than Play equipment. It’s the kind of place you’ll find heaps of sticks and bark and can make your own cubbies from scratch. The kids can enjoy the outdoors, run or ride along the trails and just be among the trees and wetlands. Don’t come looking for swings and slippery dips – there aren’t any here!
The top area at Felixstow Reserve has a 3 on 3 basketball half court, netball ring, table tennis table (with some plastic bats and a ball currently but you may like to BYO just in case!). There are toilets, water, bbqs and shaded seating in this area as well.
There is a lot of space to play – the HUGE open grass space up the top of Felixstow Reserve is right next to the toilets, near the wetlands and BBQ areas etc (shown below). It’s perfect for ball games, picnics and birthday parties BUT please be aware that there are no fences to the local road alongside or to the wetlands.
There is an extensive set of fitness stations spread out around the whole Reserve and quite the variety of equipment. Awesome for parents (or teens) who want to keep fit and strong while the rest of the family also have other play areas.
Felixstow Reserve is located on the corner of Riverside Drive and Langman Grove in Felixstow. It is bounded by the River Torrens Linear Park on the northern side, Riverside Drive on the western side, Langman Drive on the southern side and the boundary of the Campbelltown City Council on the eastern side. The Reserve is approximately 7.552 hectares in size. On and off-street parking are available – see map below for best idea of exactly where the park area is located.