Fremont Park renewal moves into Stage 2

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Fremont Park renewal moves into Stage 2
ASPECT Studios Adelaide has started work on Stage 2 of the Fremont Park upgrade, in Adelaide’s outer northern suburb of Elizabeth. In 2016 ASPECT was engaged by the City of Playford to prepare the master plan and detailed design, and deliver a staged revitalisation of this important public place. Fremont Park is around 30 kilometres north of the city centre, and plays host to a number of Elizabeth’s large civic events, from Christmas Carols to Australia Day celebrations. Stage 1 included an upgrade of the path network, linking it to fitness trails, new planting, and a major renewal of Adams Creek, which runs diagonally through the park. Stage 2 will include a central play space and interactive art displays themed around the motor car, in locally themed reference to the recently closed General Motors Holden factory, a key economic driver for the community of Elizabeth. Emphasis of the play space will be engagement for ‘all abilities’. “As part of developing the design, a rigorous SWOT process identified key opportunities and aspirations from the community, which have informed our focus on inclusive play, access for all. and large open spaces catering to diverse community gatherings,” say Gemma Kleinig, ASPECT Studios Adelaide Senior Landscape Architect. The renewal of Adams Creek and planned botanic gardens should significantly improve the biodiversity and water-sensitive urban design, particularly around the creek which has been dominated by Sequoia trees. These were a gift from Fremont California, sister city of the City of Elizabeth. Overall the master plan objectives are to improve play opportunities, path networks, Adam’s Creek network and surrounds. when complete, around 30 activated zones will feature, ranging from activate recreation zones and cycling paths to event spaces, picnic areas and nature play areas. Stage 3 includes new dog parks, two major ceremonial/events spaces, an ornamental lake, botanical display garden and significant nature place space based on a wide-ranging regional geography — from the foothills and plains to coastal mangroves.