In 2010, the Council endorsed A connected community: the Town of Walkerville urban master plan as its visionary document guiding planning over the next 30 – 50 years. The focus of the master plan was to reinvigorate the Town’s urban fabric.
In 2014 an Open Space Strategy was developed which provided a framework for the management, preservation and protection of open spaces and included a proposal to redevelop Mary P Harris and Howie Reserve.
The Mary P Harris and Howie Reserve renewal project has been undertaken in response to the consultation for a masterplan for Mary P Harris and Howie Reserves undertaken in late 2015 with a view to make these spaces more interesting, accessible and usable for the community.
The intent of the masterplan is to create:
- a better connected open space that feels more like one large park
- an adaptable “town square” for community events and activities
- Improved links and ways to enjoy the view to the River Torrens
- a safer pedestrian environment for people walking to, and from, River Torrens and Linear Park
- enhanced conditions for biodiversity assets and natural habitats.
This project has been divided into two stages, with Stage 1 relating to Mary P Harris Reserve and Stage 2 relating to Howie Reserve.
Stage 1 – Mary P Harris Reserve
Stage 1 involved the revitalisation of Mary P Harris Reserve, including the installation of new paved areas, greenery, new furniture, stone walls and pathways while maintaining an open green space.
Stage 2 – Howie Reserve
Proposed new design elements for Howie Reserve (located just behind Mary P Harris Reserve) include:
- Shaded picnicking area and BBQ space
- Sustainable new plantings of trees, shrubs and grasses complementing retained trees
- Play equipment
- Bike rack
- Colourful road treatments
- Logs, rocks and built features that stimulate play, imagination and creativity