Adelaide City Councillors have endorsed the Active City Strategy 2013 – 2023 that sets out a series of strategies to help those who live, work, study or visit the city maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle.
“We all know the value of exercise, and we want to make sure that as we plan into the future, Council is providing the community with opportunities to participate in both formal and informal activities,” said Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood.
“Our new ten year strategy is designed to help everyone to join in physical activity regardless of age or ability by ensuring the city is well planned and makes good use of our open spaces”.
Initiatives by the Adelaide City Council’s strategy include the North Adelaide Dog Park, Bonython Park’s new play space and the Park Lands Trails.
“We really are coming into a very exciting time and over the next 10 years we will really be able to build on our reputation and show the world how fantastic Adelaide is as a destination.”
Some key elements of the strategy are to:
- complete the 18 kilometres of Park Lands Trails so people will be able to walk, run or ride the whole trail or choose from the shorter southern and northern loops
- revitalise city squares by introducing fitness stations and other active opportunities so people can choose the way they want to be physically active and to encourage them to get out and make use of the beautiful open spaces the city has to offer
- explore opportunities for a large youth activity space that would support a range of sports and activities including various forms of skating, BMX riding, parkour and 3-on-3 basketball.
- work in collaboration with sporting groups and schools to improve community sports facilities in the Park Lands.
- establish a sports action group that would encourage sporting events to use the sporting facilities of the city and provide centrally located venues for events such as Masters Games, University Games or SAPSASA as well as locally based sports carnivals and competitions.
Council already partners with community groups in lots of ways including the hundreds of different teams and groups who compete and train throughout the Park Lands, some long term and some for short term projects.
“The ten-year Active City Strategy will go a long way towards making it easy to help people understand and respond to the benefits of being active and healthy, especially in the Park Lands” says Andrew Bartlett from the Adelaide Triathlon Club , who is running an eight-week autumn training program in the South Park Lands with the aid of the City Council.
For more information on the Active City Strategy, visit the City of Adelaide website.