*** June 2021 Update ***
A second BMX track will be built alongside the Sam Willoughby International track, it has been announced. The pump track will be for use by novice riders and pretty much everyone else, leaving the big track to the more experienced riders and pros.
Meanwhile work has already begun on the International Track, which is including the main track, 5 and 8 metre hill starts, flood lights, clubrooms and parking for 108 cars. It will also be home to the Happy Valley and Cove BMX clubs.
*** February 2021 Update ***
Exciting news BMX fans, with news released this month that work has begun (well some pollies have dug up some dirt with a shovel) on the $6 million buck “Sam Willoughby International BMX Track” down at Glenthorne Farm!
This will be SA’s only International standard BMX track and will be used by several local clubs and will form part of a larger sporting complex. Named after Happy Valley local Sam Willoughby, who is of course an international BMX superstar World Champ and Olympic Silver Medalist, we cannot wait to watch this come together over the year.
The BMX facility will include a floodlit track—the design personally endorsed by Sam—clubrooms and carparking, and become home to Cove and Happy Valley BMX Clubs.
The hub, which will be a new home for an estimated 900 soccer players and BMX riders, will be completed later this year and built by SA company Partek Construction and Interiors, creating 85 jobs during construction. City of Onkaparinga is providing $750,000 towards the Sam Willoughby BMX Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Track, with City of Marion ($1.75 million), the state government ($3.55 million) and the federal government ($100,000 via its Move it AUS – Community Sport Infrastructure Grant from Sport Australia) providing the rest.
Check out the fly over video below!
*** 2020 Update ***
Exciting news to hear that our State Government and Marion Council have approved funding for a MASSIVE multi million dollar nature play space – expected to be even bigger and better than our ever popular St Kilda and Morialta Playgrounds. The new nature play space will sit inside Glenthorne National Park – right here in Adelaide’s South.
The new ‘St Kilda of the South” as it’s being referred is yet to have a set design, however we can expect to see it commissioned in the very near future with an opening date in 2021
Environment Minister David Speirs says it will be a ‘must visit’ playground that will attract thousands to the National Park.
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Glenthorne National Park opened in May 2019, and the planned play space is just one small part of an exciting area that will allow the use of existing and new infrastructure to create an accessible and inclusive network of open space rich in environmental and cultural value, authentically connected to surrounding communities.
The unique new national park is a mosaic of open space, each part unique but together forming a rich tapestry.