Page Park Turf Turmoil investigated ahead of two major scheduled reviews

Users of the Park would be well aware of the Page Park Turf Turmoil. In recent years the turf in the much loved and much used park has deteriorated.

This has been evident in the dormant growth season of the Kikuyu grass.


Poor Page Park DivetIt has, over that time, deteriorated to a point that I believe requires attention. As reported back then, it prompted me to move a motion on notice in Council back in August of last year. The motion; to investigate the cause of the turf disintegration at Page Park and identify possible solutions to rectify the disintegration.

Council resolved unanimously, in favour of my motion.

I was mindful when moving that motion that Council has two pivotal reviews scheduled for 2020. In other words, the information resulting from the investigation would inform those reviews.

The first of these is a review of our Parks & Gardens Strategy. The second a review of our Dog & Cat Management Strategy. With Page Park being widely used these days for dog exercising, it is timely to investigate causes of and identify remedies for the condition of the turf.

IPOS Consulting Pty Ltd presented a report to Council at our last meeting. The report addressed the Page Park Turf Turmoil. A full copy can be found here under item 4.4 of the Council Agenda.


In essence, the report identified two major contributors to the deterioration that has occurred. The first contributor is the recent increase in use of the park during the dormant growth season of the Kikuyu grass. The second is ageing and under-performing water reticulation infrastructure.


The consultants identified a need for an upgrade of the reticulation system. For the use the park is experiencing they also recommended an increased maintenance regime. While their recommendation will give the grass every opportunity to improve they confirmed it may not be the answer.

In other words, if the quality of the turf remains an issue following an upgrade of the irrigation, use of the park may need to be considered. Accordingly, it may then be necessary to limit the times and days in which dogs are permitted to be off-leash within the park.

Finally we agreed that, until the two previously mentioned reviews are completed, we should refrain from taking immediate action. Rather than commit to increased expenditure, we will simply maintain the current maintenance.

Now we await the scheduled reviews into our parks & gardens and the dog & cat management.



Page Park Gym Equipment Getting Good Use

Unley’s parks may be small but they are well equipped and well utilised.

I have been past a number of times since the gym equipment has been installed and if it is rare it has not been used.

It makes me feel good to see what we have done being used as much as it is.

Page Park – the next chapter

Page Park has been undergoing a renaissance in the time I have been on Council, the latest being the installation of outdoor fitness equipment.

I used it myself yesterday and it is great. I look forward to using it again.

And everyone I have talked to about the equipment are impressed. If you have not seen it pop down but don’t just have a look, use it.

Of course when you have finished you can walk a hundred meters or so and have a coffee at Carnavale.

Dog Park for South Parklands

Council last night determined to consider an allocation of up to $150k in the 2014/15 budget deliberations for partnering with Adelaide City Council in the establishment of a fenced dog park in the South Park Lands. 

With open space so precious in Unley and community debates rage every time there is a proposal for dog use in any of our parks this is a timely initiative.

Certainly it takes the heat off of some parks in Unley that were being investigate as possible future dog parks. This in included Goodwood South’s very own Page Park. Page Park being made an exclusive dog area would no have been good as far as this little puppy is concerned. The news that we will look at the South Parklands comes therefore as good news.

This means Council’s administration can progress discussions with Adelaide City Council regarding a funding partnership to establish a fenced dog park in the South Park Lands.

It is far from a fait accompli however as all we have done is get it into the budget process. Therefore. Watch this space.

An expensive Toilet or a Transformer Building

I was provided an interesting observation today regarding the $ 110,000.00 toilet recenlty erected in Page Park by a member of the Fairmont Tennis Club as I opened their new season for them.


No-one knows they are toilets.

Members of the club are apparently often approached by members of the public using the open spaces east of the courts asking if they can use the clubs toilets. When advised the toilet is “down there” the response is “I thought that was a transformer station.”
Looking at the toilet from a distance I had to acknowledge that this was a likely scenario. We really do need to put a large international symbol on the northern wall of the toilet because it does look like (in retrospect) a transformer building.
 I have asked the General Manager for Infrastructure if it possible to arrange this or some other equally engaging solution so our community actually gets a benefit of the investment we have made.

Fairmont Tennis Club opens their new Season

Yet another success storey in the western reached of the City known as Unley.

This club has been around almost as long as the Millswood Croquet Club I posted about yesterday, some 70 to 75 years I believe. A social club they commenced their next season today and I had the privilege of opening it for them for the second time.

A celebratory lunch.

As with the croquet club, success comes from the membership and this club clearly has a strong basis of volunteering from with it’s membership. Have fun guys. It is great to see our facilities being used.

Page Park Toilets Available for Use-At Last

It seems like an eternity since I blogged that the Page Park toilets were being constructed.

As a prefab construction, I expected they would be available to park users not long after. that was November last year. Issues with providing services delayed completion until recently.

All that is behind us now.

It is available for use. I might christen it soon.