Healthy Parks Healthy People SA Award


AILA SA, the Department for Health and Wellbeing and the Department for Environment and Water have established the new Healthy Parks Healthy People SA Award as part of the 2019 SA Landscape Architecture awards program. 
This award recognises a built landscape architecture project that best demonstrates the Six Key Principles for Quality Open Space as detailed in the document, “Creating Greener Places for Healthy and Sustainable Communities”. 

We note that this document is an action from the Healthy Parks Healthy People SA Action Plan which won the 2019 President’s Award.

JURY Members included:
Lyn Dean -  Department for Health and Wellbeing 
Sandy Carruthers - Department for Environment and Water 
Kirsteen Mackay -  Office for Design and Architecture SA 
Alison Collins - representing Sally Smith – Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Ben Willsmore and Grace Lin - AILA SA 

The shortlisted projects for this category were selected from this year’s awards entries and include:

Felixstow Reserve Redevelopment by City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, in association with ASPECT Studios, Kaurna Nation Cultural Heritage Association, Paul Herzich, Oxigen and Integrated Heritage Services
Pelzer Park / Pityarilla (Park 19) Activity Hub by ASPECT Studios, City of Adelaide and The Office for Design and Architecture SA
Treetop Park by Birdseye Studios
The Parks Library and Community Centre by JPE Design Studio
Aldinga Township Project by City of Onkaparinga
City Bikeways - North South Bikeway by City of Adelaide
Hendrie Street Reserve - a great place for all by City of Marion
Bowden Urban Village by TCL (Taylor Cullity Lethlean)

The recipient of the 2019 Healthy Parks Healthy People SA Award:

Felixstow Reserve Redevelopment by 
City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, in association with ASPECT Studios, Kaurna Nation Cultural Heritage Association, Paul Herzich, Oxigen and Integrated Heritage Services
 

The Felixstow Reserve project demonstrates exceptional application of all six principles detailed in Creating Greener Places for Healthy and Sustainable Communities. Through careful consideration of connections with the River Torrens/Karrawirra Parri, the rich Kaurna history of the site and vision for future communities, this is an exemplar project that highlights the power of transforming existing sites to shape greener communities in our State. The authentic engagement process is evident across multiple layers of the design processes and project outcomes and has been instrumental in creating a high-quality public open space. The project will provide a new benchmark for developments along the River Torrens Linear Park corridor. The project team is to be commended for their leadership and the genuine, meaningful and holistic approach to creating an amazing place for people to explore, play, connect and learn.  

Details are provided below highlighting how the Felixstow Reserve project addresses the six principles for Creating Greener Places for Healthy and Sustainable Communities, delivering quality green public space in South Australia.

Health and Wellbeing is promoted through provision of a variety of active and passive recreation opportunities.

Connections with Nature are showcased with the wetlands creating a natural centrepiece for the reserve and extensive new habitat for birds, insects and other wildlife.

Stronger Communities have been built through the extensive community and cultural engagement process leading to a design influenced by both the local Australian Aboriginal and European immigrant cultures.

Connectivity and Access is provided through pedestrian and cycle connections in and through the site, including a 1km running and walking loop and the River Torrens shared use path.


Neighbourhood Character
has been built through the transformation of an underutilised site into a high quality, high amenity, multipurpose open space that will support the needs of existing and future residents for many years to come. 

Support resilient neighborhoods has been achieved throough the planting of 291 new trees and toegtehr wiht the large trees already established, will eventually provdie a total projected canopy cover for approximately 3 hectares (44%) of the site





Image by Dan Schultz

Image by Oxigen


Image by Dan Schultz