River Torrens Linear Park Project
The Integrated Strategic Asset Management Plan for the River Torrens Linear Park (the RTLP ISAMP) is a joint project between the 9 metropolitan Councils that adjoin the River Torrens Linear Park.
It aims to identify how the infrastructure and facilities along the River Torrens Linear Park can be improved in the future, and how best to manage improvements in an integrated way that relates to the availability of funds.
The project is being managed by the River Torrens Linear Park Coordinating Committee, through its Assets and Infrastructure Working Group. The committee has commissioned Tonkin Consulting in association with Jensen Planning + Design to prepare the Plan.
About River Torrens Linear Park
The Linear Park is one of Adelaide’s most significant recreational parks, and is used for walking, cycling, public events, fitness, play facilities and picnic / BBQ areas, and generally by people enjoying the beautiful natural environment.
Along the length of the Linear Park between the Adelaide Hills and the coast there are pedestrian pathways, shared use (pedestrian / bicycle) paths, boardwalks and bridges, public lighting, playgrounds, picnic and BBQ facilities, public toilets, car parks, signage, drink stations, and a range of seating, tables, shelters and other facilities.
Most of the recreational and transport facilities have been in place for over 30 years, although there have been many areas that have been upgraded or replaced during that period.
An examination of the overall availability of recreational facilities and trails along the length of the River Torrens Linear Park reveals huge variety in terms of:
- the type of facilities provided
- the condition of the facilities provided.
Planning for the future
In order to plan for the future an evaluation is needed of the overall condition of existing infrastructure and other features within the Linear Park, and to assess this against some agreed expectations as to what quality and quantity of facilities should be provided.
The Councils recognise that planning needs to take into account both the current and future community needs of those using the River Torrens Linear Park, including the special needs of the aged and people with disabilities.
The investigations that will be undertaken will be at a broad strategic level, providing overall direction for the 9 Councils responsible for improving the Linear Park over time.
Development of the Plan
The development of the Integrated Strategic Asset Management Plan is being funded by the 9 metropolitan Councils that own or have care and control over the Linear Park, including:
- City of Charles Sturt
- City of West Torrens
- Adelaide City Council
- Town of Walkerville
- City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters
- City of Port Adelaide Enfield
- City of Campbelltown
- City of Tea Tree Gully
- Adelaide Hills Council
The first step is to gain a better understanding of the overall condition of existing assets and facilities along the River Torrens Linear Park, in order to help prioritise future works and obtain funding over time.
Research into potential development changes along the length of the Linear Park will also be undertaken.
It will then be necessary to determine preferred minimum standards to be provided for future works, primarily to ensure that facilities meet future community expectations, but also to help develop some consistency in the quality of facilities along the length of the Linear Park.
A draft Integrated Strategic Asset Management Plan will be prepared, for release later in 2016.
Community survey - have your say
Help us identify key improvements along River Torrens Linear Park!
As part of gaining valuable information from the broader community about the current usage of the Linear Park and the availability and suitability of facilities both now and in the future, we invite you to complete our online survey.
Visit: Online Community Survey
Survey closes 5pm 30 September 2016.