New $1M Minkarra Park link path unveiled connecting Flagstaff Hill community

A new 700-metre Minkarra Park Link Path, connecting two much-loved trails and reserves for the first time.

Images: The City of Onkaparinga

The City of Onkaparinga has unveiled a new 700-metre Minkarra Park Link Path, connecting Black Road to Chandlers Hill Road, providing a seamless shared-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists.

With the assistance of $1 million in funding from the Government, allocated after the 2022 state election, this project has become a reality. The newly constructed path integrates seamlessly with the existing trail network, creating an uninterrupted pathway for community members to enjoy.

“Minkarra has long held a special place in our community’s heart, but until now, the two sections have been separated by the Flagstaff Hill Golf Club course, which hindered safe and convenient travel between them,” City of Onkaparinga Mayor Moira Were, says.

One of the significant advantages of the Minkarra Park Link Path is its role in connecting two popular trails and reserves, enhancing accessibility and promoting outdoor activities in the region.

By bridging the gap between the northern and southern pathways of Minkarra Park, it provides a safe off-road route for residents and visitors alike.

“The new Minkarra Link Trail opens up a pocket of our community that few would have known existed,” Member for Davenport, Erin Thompson, says.

“And what’s more, students living north of the Flagstaff Hill Golf Club now have safe access to and from Aberfoyle High School. It’s a huge win for a community that’s been calling for this project for decades.”

Accessible from multiple entry points, including Black Road, Reservoir Drive, and Manning Road, the path accommodates various access needs.

Two boardwalk sections have been incorporated into the design, eliminating the need for stairs and ensuring accessibility for all users. Additionally, safety fencing has been installed alongside a golf course tee-off section, prioritising user safety.

Native revegetation works are set to commence in June, further enhancing the natural environment surrounding the trail. Minkarra Park, where the new path is located, offers a range of recreational facilities, including playgrounds, picnic areas, and open spaces, making it an ideal destination for families and those that love the outdoors.

“The Minkarra Park Link Path’s inauguration marks a milestone in the ongoing efforts to enhance recreational opportunities for residents of Flagstaff Hill and beyond,” Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Tom Koutsantonis, says.

“The opening of Minkarra Park Link Trail is great news for the local community and delivers on a $1 million commitment we made before coming into government. Extensive work has taken place since then, including community consultation, to ensure we delivered the best result for local users and visitors, and the local environment.”

“It’s fantastic to see that hard work and planning, as well as the relentless advocacy of Erin Thompson, come to fruition. South Australia is building on so many levels at the moment, and community wellbeing is central to that effort.”

For more information on the Minkarra Park Link Path, head here.

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