Native vegetation and biodiversity in Park 3

In recent times, there’s been research suggesting health benefits from spending time in nature away from the constant noise and 'busyness' of modern life. In Japan, it’s known as “forest bathing”. Few people would realise that a perfect location for this relaxation and meditation can be found just a few minutes from the city

Yam Daisy Park / Kantarilla (Park 3) contains no special facilities except a drinking fountain, two park benches and a dog poo bag dispenser. Apart from a mighty English elm tree in the north-west corner, and two very large pines (the Canary Island Pine and the Aleppo Pine) near O'Connell Street, most of the native vegetation in this Park is limited in size due to the mainly shallow soil over a limestone base.
There are golden wattle, and white bottle-brush shrubs here. Lizards, spiders and sometimes birds find their homes here. The logs are left for habitat for all the different animals and creatures that live in a space like this.
The Park Lands Management Strategy endorsed in 2016 by the City Council envisages “Improving the accessibility, amenity and safety of Park 3 as a medium priority”. To that end, there’s a suggestion that (subject to future funding) an
“Australian Native Sensory Trail” may be built and signposted in this Park.

In 2020 the City Council began some work in this Park to install a shared-use bicycle and pedestrian path alongside Prospect Road. Traffic along Prospect Road was reduced to one lane in each direction, to accommodate both the shared-use path and car parking along the roadside. The work was to include more consistent tree planting along the shared-use path.

Walk now to the north-west corner of this Park, to the intersection of Main North Road and Robe Terrace. At the traffic lights, cross over Main North Road which will bring you into Park 5.

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Between Prospect Rd and Main North Rd, North Adelaide