Open Space Strategy

Open space refers to publically accessible spaces that can be used for recreation and include parks, sportsgrounds, linear open spaces, wetland areas and civic plazas.

The Open Space Strategy and Open Space Guidelines will help guide the development and management of open space in Playford.

Why is Open Space Important?

Open space provides places for people to socialise, be active and connect to nature.  Open space contributes to a range of benefits including improving mental health, encouraging physical activity, fostering social connections, helping cool urban environments and supporting habitats and biodiversity.

Open Space Guidelines

This document will help guide how open spaces are developed and managed and addresses a range of elements such as:

  • Facilities
  • Playspace design 
  • Signage 
  • Dog park and skate park design 
  • Shade 
  • Water play and nature play 
  • Accessibility 
  • Environmental considerations 
  • Art and culture 
  • Maintenance considerations 
  • Criteria for identifying surplus land for disposal 
  • Criteria for acquiring open space

Open Space Strategy

This document is a blueprint for how open spaces can be improved and will help guide future investment decisions. 

A range of un-funded initiatives are identified in the Strategy to improve open space across the City.  Implementation of initiatives will require funding allocation as part of Council’s Annual Business Planning Process.

The directions and initiatives in the Strategy reflect the following principles:

  1. A good provision of open space to meet community needs
  2. Diverse and quality open spaces
  3. Accessible recreation and sport opportunities
  4. Quality open space destinations at key locations
  5. Sustainable open spaces 
  6. Open spaces that are safe, activated and create a sense of place

Click here  to view the Open Space Strategy and here to view the Open Space Guidelines.


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