• $1.6 million

Hugh Johnson Reserve is a regional level playground and will be upgraded in the 2021–22 financial year.

Council has secured the Open Spaces and Places for People Grant funding from State Government to deliver this project. It will become a destination of community activity and recreation for both local residents and visitors from within and outside of the City of Marion.

The project will help deliver the City of Marion’s vision – improving community wellbeing by providing inclusive and accessible open space for all ages and abilities. The site provides an exciting opportunity to educate the community, visitors and local young people on the history of this unique site and the environment.

The redevelopment will include a number of play nodes to cater for a range of ages and encourage people to explore, play, and enjoy nature. Two rounds of community consultation were undertaken in October 2020 and May 2021 that has helped shape the final design for the reserve.

Key highlights include:

  • junior play area with swings, slide, see-saw and carousel and nature play
  • adventure play for older kids
  • fitness equipment and basketball court
  • BMX pump and bike track
  • supporting amenities including seating, shelters, picnic and BBQ facilities
  • public art trail
  • new toilet
  • additional car parking along Patpa Drive
  • improvements to the existing water body
  • revegetation and native landscaping
  • improved path connections within the reserve and to the Coast to Vines Rail Trail.
Project start:
Sep 2020
Expected completion:
Jun 2022
Current status:
Design documentation in progress