Adelaide Park Lands, Adelaide

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The Adelaide Park Lands are the figure-eight of land spanning both banks of the River Torrens between Hackney and Thebarton and separating the City of Adelaide from the surrounding suburbia of greater Metropolitan Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. They measure over 2,332 acres.The Park Lands were laid out by Colonel William Light in his design for the city. Originally, Light reserved over 2,332 acres for a park, including 32 acres for a public cemetery, and planned reserves for Government House, a hospital, market, school and storehouse. Part of the Park Lands are managed by the Adelaide City Council and, since February 2007, the Adelaide Park Lands Authority has advised council and government.On 7 November 2008 the Federal Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, announced that the Adelaide Park Lands had been entered in the Australian National Heritage List as "an enduring treasure for the people of South Australia and the nation as a whole".In fact, large areas of the Adelaide Park Lands along the north side of North Terrace were excluded from the Adelaide Park Lands and City Layout National Heritage Place listing, from the Adelaide Botanic Garden to the Thebarton Police Barracks.HistoryAdelaide is a planned city, and the Adelaide Park Lands are an integral part of Colonel William Light's 1837 plan. Light chose a site spanning the River Torrens, (which runs through the Park Lands), and planned the city to fit the topography of the landscape, 'on rising ground'.
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  • There were several parks and garden-style parks in the Green Zone in the southwest of Adelaide. Here is one, and there is a baseball stadium in the east side across the road, and there was Vale Gardens in the northeast. The room was large enough to walk around.
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  • We had time to chill before our next appointment and decided to have a walk in the park and do some tree-hugging; just what the doctor ordered. I think if we all took some time out and listened to nat...  more »
  • One look at a map of the city of Adelaide and one must be impressed. It's a city, two cities really, surrounded by parklands. Adelaide and North Adelaide are recreation nirvana. From a major car race,...  more »
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  • The parklands had a 5 star rating from me a few years ago but developers have been helping themselves
  • Beautiful expanse between the city and the suburbs with playing fields for various sports and hobbies, manicured gardens and bushland.
  • Nice gardens and plenty of space
  • Lovely place to hangout with friends and family.
  • These parklands are part of Adelaide's charm and circle most of the city. Being a local I have used them extensively for chilling out or riding my bike through. Plenty of trees and grassed areas for relaxing and BBQ facilities for family lunches. Don't walk through them alone at night tho as often has homeless people etc but they are relatively safe and well policed and have good lighting. Lots of bats flying around in summertime. Worth a visit.
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