Felixstow Reserve Masterplan

20/07/2017

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has developed a Masterplan for Felixstow Reserve, which will guide the redevelopment of this significant piece of open space, in order to enhance and realise the full potential of this regional asset.

Project update
20 July 2017

The wetlands within the Felixstow Reserve are now beginning to take shape, as part of the Eastern Region Alliance (ERA) Waterproofing Eastern Adelaide Stormwater Harvesting and Re-Use Project.

The Council has engaged ASPECT Studios to lead a multi-disciplinary design team to develop the Masterplan ideas into detail design’s for the Reserve, including large open grassed areas, an active play space, natural play, walking trails, a shared path and increased tree planting.

The construction of Felixstow Reserve is anticipated to commence later this year and be completed by May 2018.

Masterplan

Download: Final Masterplan


Existing site

Felixstow Reserve is located in the suburb of Felixstow and is bounded by the River Torrens Linear Park on the northern side, Riverside Drive on the western side, Langman Drive on the southern side and the boundary of the Campbelltown City Council on the eastern side. The Reserve is approximately 7.552 hectares in size. 

Waterproofing Eastern Adelaide Stormwater Harvesting and Re-use Project

In 2009, the Eastern Regional Alliance (ERA) group of Councils, of which the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is a member, commenced the Waterproofing Eastern Adelaide Stormwater Harvesting and Re-use Project (the ERA Project). 

Wallbridge & Gilbert (Consulting Engineers) have been appointed by the participating Councils, as the Lead Design Consultants to deliver the design of the Stormwater Harvesting and Re-Use Project.

The ERA Project, amongst other things, proposes the development of a wetland at Felixstow Reserve. 

For more information on the ERA Project, visit: ERA - Waterproofing Eastern Adelaide Project or view the ERA Project Major Projects listing on this page.

 

Context

With this significant investment proposed, the Council saw an opportunity to concurrently undertake a Masterplan for the whole of Felixstow Reserve, to ensure that the proposed wetland is integrated into the overall design of the Reserve and that an innovative and well-designed outcome is achieved.

Oxigen (Consulting Landscape Architects and Urban Designers) were appointed by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters to develop the Felixstow Reserve Masterplan.  

Despite Felixstow Reserve’s significant size and proximity to the River Torrens Linear Park, it is currently underutilised. This is mainly due to its condition and absence of features. As such, there is a real opportunity through this Major Project, to develop a Masterplan that will provide the community with a well-designed and innovative recreational asset, which effectively integrates the proposed wetland into the overall design of Felixstow Reserve.

 

Felixstow Reserve Masterplan Project

The Felixstow Reserve Masterplan has been developed in two stages. Stage 1 comprised the development of the Felixstow Reserve Masterplan Concept, which included determining the size and location for the proposed wetland. Stage 2 involved the preparation of the Felixstow Reserve Masterplan.  


Stage 1 - Concept

The key objective of Stage 1 was to identify at a ‘conceptual level’, all of the potential uses that could be incorporated into Felixstow Reserve.

Download: Masterplan Concept

As the first step in the process, an initial consultation phase was undertaken to capture the community’s thoughts regarding the proposed redevelopment of Felixstow Reserve and in particular the size and location for the proposed wetland. This included a Park Day, which was held at Felixstow Reserve on Saturday 29 March 2014, where the community was invited to meet the Project Team and explore ideas and identify their aspirations for the Reserve.  


Key findings from the initial consultation process included:

  • overall support for a wetland
  • strong support to retain an open space area for informal sport and recreation
  • maintaining the open and natural character of the Reserve.  

For a summary of the information collected at the initial Park Day, download: Stage 1 Consultation Summary Report

The information collected as part of this initial consultation process was used to develop a draft Concept, which was released for community consultation from 21 May through to 13 June 2014. To help facilitate this consultation, a second Park Day was held at Felixstow Reserve on Saturday 31 May 2014.


Key findings from the second round of consultation included:

  • majority support for each of the major features proposed in the draft Concept, including the wetland
  • open space (kick-about) area
  • support for new park infrastructure (i.e. shade and shelters, seating, BBQ and picnic facilities, new public toilet and park pavilion).  

For a summary of the information collected as part of this second round of consultation, download: Stage 2 Consultation Summary Report

The feedback and comments received as part of this second round of consultation were then used to finalise the Felixstow Reserve Masterplan Concept, which was endorsed by the Council at its meeting held on 10 September 2014. 


Stage 2 - Masterplan

The Felixstow Reserve Masterplan further develops the ideas and features confirmed in the Concept. Based on feedback received from the community during the previous two stages of consultation, the Felixstow Reserve Masterplan has been designed to reflect the aspirations of the community in regards to the redevelopment of Felixstow Reserve.


KEY ELEMENTS

Elements that are being incorporated into the Felixstow Reserve Masterplan design include:

  • a wetland with viewing platforms, walkways and other features, providing opportunities for play and interaction with water and the wetland
  • a large central open space area consisting of irrigated lawn, to provide a large area for informal sport and recreation
  • natural play equipment in the lower park area located between the Linear Park and the River Torrens
  • a games and activity space with outdoor table tennis and a multi-purpose court
  • fitness equipment throughout the Reserve, combined with a distance marked running track
  • a well-designed network of pedestrian and cycle pathways that connect all of the various features of the Reserve, as well as providing clear, safe and convenient linkages to the River Torrens Linear Park
  • a coordinated signage network, including advisory and directional information, as well as interpretive signage to educate park users
  • BBQs and picnic facilities, including shelters, located throughout the Reserve
  • new public toilets as part of a central pavilion, for all users of Felixstow Reserve and the River Torrens Linear Park
  • a car park at the western end of the Reserve and indented 90 degree parking at the eastern end of the Reserve, as well as a car drop off/pick up zone adjacent the bust stop on Langman Grove  
  • new tree plantings providing natural shade and amenity.

Contact

Keke Michalos
Acting Manager, Economic Development & Strategic Projects
T: 08 8366 4509
E: kmichalos@npsp.sa.gov.au