Victoria Park, or Bakkabakkandi Park as the local Kaurna Aboriginal
people name it, is 72 hectares of multi-purpose use parklands
sitting on the doorstep of the city.
The heritage listed grandstand was built for watching horse-racing.
The racehorses only left their parklands home in 2008.
Champion cyclist Stuart O'Grady and former Port
Power footballer Nathan Eagleton are wanting to turn
the grandstand into a 120 seat indoor and outdoor cafe, cycling gym and
children's play area.
There is also talk of turning the former kiosk into a cafe.
Victoria Park is a drawcard for those wanting to maintain
their fitness in the open air, with running tracks and outdoor gym
equipment set up around the park.
The park has a bike or criterium track, soccer, cricket and football
ovals and is home to model aircraft enthusiasts on the weekends.
The park is home to a myriad of birdlife including cockatoos,
parrots, magpies, kookaburras, ibis and a range of other birds.
Koalas, possums and even foxes have made their home in the park.
Part of Victoria Park is converted into a V8 car race track each year
and was formerly a section of the Formula 1 Grand Prix
track between 1985 and 1995.
It is now home to the annual International Horse Trials.
But most of the time Victoria Park is a tranquil place to exercise dogs,
walk, jog, ride bikes or to just sit on a park bench to soak up the sunshine.