A walking and cycling trail connecting Stebonheath Wetlands to Craigmore is providing walking and riding options for northern families seeking healthy and fun activities.

New block footpath, with linkages, was recently installed along 4.7 kilometres of Smith Creek from the eastern side of Main North Road to Yorktown Road, significantly extending the trail and connecting it to nearby neighbourhoods and, more importantly, playgrounds.

The path, known as the Smith Creek Trail, also incorporates the Elephant Walk at Smithfield and connects to the Stuart O’Grady Bikeway (adjacent the Northern Expressway) via Curtis Road.

City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said the improved trail is great for families looking to be active and healthy.

“We know how much our residents value this extension by the large numbers of families riding their bikes, walking their dogs or just enjoying the linear-park environment that is right on their doorstep,” Mayor Docherty said.

For Emma Wallace and her kids, the newly installed pavement has made daily family walks much easier.

Emma, of Craigmore, always enjoyed having the natural beauty of Smith Creek on her doorstep and now she and her family are enjoying the benefits of the upgraded trail.

“I absolutely love it, it’s so much easier to walk the kids down here with the prams and the dog and everything else,” Emma said.

“I’ve been using the path from the minute it went up.”

In total, more than 13,200m2 of new Keypave Paver, or more than 415,200 pavers, was laid in the project, which was supported through a $150,000 grant Fund My Neighbourhood State Government grant.