Thursday, June 18, 2015

Victoria Park #Victoriapark #parklands #horses #cycling

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.

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