40-10 Pathways in Park 20

The path networks throughout Park 20 have heritage significance - and are very popular with pedestrians, runners and cyclists.

This pathway, near the Tree Climb, is not one of the major paths through Park 20. It’s a secondary path aligned east-west that connects the other two, mainly north-south pathways

The ideas behind the pathways in the Adelaide Park Lands go back to the very early days of the British Colony of South Australia in the mid 1800s.

The intention of Park Lands planners was that paths through the Park Lands would be an opportunity for people of different social status to interact.

People of lower social rank would be encouraged to dress well, while “promenading” in the Park Lands, and emulate those of higher social status, to promote greater civilisation.

The main diagonal pathway through this Park is just north of here.

It runs from north-west to south-east, from the corner of South Terrace/Peacock Rd to the corner of Unley and Greenhill Roads, in accordance with a plan laid out by forestry expert, John Ednie Brown in 1880.

That diagonal pathway was named Sellar Avenue after a City Councillor of the late 1800s (James Sellar).

It’s lined with (mostly) white cedar trees that are native to southern Queensland and northern New South Wales. The cedars are drought resistant. They were planted just before the First World War (from 1910 to 1912).

The growth of these trees inspired the planting of a similar diagonal avenue in the adjacent park to the east, Park 19. There’s also a diagonal path across Park 21W to the west of here.

Some Hackberry trees have been planted at the south-eastern end of Sellar Avenue to replace dead white cedar trees

Councillor James Sellar was a tea merchant. He was also President of the Adelaide Democratic Club and served as a Labour Member of State Parliament for the electorate of Adelaide.

The other main pathway on the eastern side of Park 20 is called “Kurrajong Avenue”. You will join Kurrajong Avenue later on this trail.

It’s a bitumen-covered path, running almost directly north-south from South Terrace to Greenhill Road. As its name suggests, it’s lined with mature Kurrajong trees that are native to the east coast of Australia

Keep walking westwards on this bitumen path, crossing over a wooden bridge, until you can see a large fenced area ahead.

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