Work begins for the opening of the Happy Valley reservoir



For the first time in more than 120 years, the community will be able to kayak, fish, picnic, ride horses and run when the South Adelaide Reservoir opens for recreational access – enabled by the historic initiative from the Liberal Marshall government to open tanks for all South Australians to enjoy.

The Little Para Reservoir in the northeastern suburbs and the Mount Bold Reservoir in the Adelaide Hills are also expected to open by the end of the year.

Environment and Water Minister David Speirs said teams have embarked on creating the Happy Valley walking trails and visitor nodes, creating up to 30 jobs in time full.

“Our teams are busy establishing the facilities and trails that will be enjoyed by thousands of South Australians starting at the end of the year with construction work to provide recreational access to Happy Valley also supporting local jobs. “said Minister Speirs.

“The new facilities will include two kayak launch pads, parking lots with unloading facilities for trailers and kayaks, picnic areas and shelters, as well as a jetty and gazebo with stunning views of the water.” .

“The site’s 20 kilometers of trails will take people to the water’s edge, through pine forest, native flora and open grassy areas, which can be walked or biked and ready to explore in time. for an exceptional summer vacation. period.

“Adventure, family fun and preservation of the environment underpin a wonderful nature experience at Happy Valley, located right in the heart of the Adelaide metropolis and part of our Glenthorne National Park compound. , once in a generation.

“Adelaide has been recognized as the third most liveable city in the world and this beautiful green and open space will further strengthen this reputation. “

Davenport MP Steve Murray said the opening of the Happy Valley Reservoir would be a big boost for the southern suburbs of Adelaide.

“The opening of Happy Valley Reservoir has been eagerly awaited by the local community and it will transform the area into a must-see destination,” said Murray.

“This will unlock vast green and open spaces for recreation in the heart of the southern suburbs, which will bring social and economic benefits to our region.

“We have already seen how popular and successful Glenthorne National Park has been since it opened to the public and Happy Valley Reservoir will build on that.”

Minister Speirs said the Happy Valley master plan, which was first unveiled earlier in April this year, was developed under a community-led design.

“Our policy of opening our reservoirs has been a huge success, with over a quarter of a million people visiting our reservoirs since we first opened Myponga just a few years ago,” the minister said. Speirs.

“It has huge positive effects on our local communities with more people visiting and spending money in the area, which supports local businesses and creates jobs.

“Myponga is a fantastic example of this with a new cafe and a new kayak rental business that have started since we opened the reservoir gates that turned the city from a place of passage into a place of destination.

“I have no doubt that it will be pretty much the same once the doors open in Happy Valley, and with recreational access to the Little Para and Mount Bold reserves as well by the end of the year, it will be a exciting time for the South. Australians to explore.

More information on recreational access to South Australia’s Reservoir Reserves – including entry requirements – can be found at

Reserves at Bundaleer, Myponga, South Para, and Warren Reservoirs are open for fishing, kayaking, walking and cycling. Beetaloo Reservoir Reserve is open for fishing and picnicking. The Hope Valley Reservoir is open to land-based activities including walking, running, biking, and picnicking.



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