47-11 Sports Fields and Major Events in Park 15

There are three sporting fields in this Park. One in the south-east corner, another one in the north-east closer to Bartels Road, and the largest of the three is near the centre, on the north side of the creek, also close to Bartels Road. This trail takes you on the southern side of this, the main oval.

The first sporting oval was set up by City Gardener August Pelzer in 1906. The other two closer to Dequetteville Terrace came much later, after the 1930's.

The sporting fields are used for cricket, football and athletics. They're licenced for use by various community sports clubs and most notably the nearby Christian Brothers College. The College has licenced the use of sporting land in Park 15 since at least 1908.

On the far side of this oval there was an ugly concrete bunker that the City Council built for CBC in the 1970’s. The bunker was removed in 2020 but replaced with the storage building you can see there today. It’s one example of more than 200 Park Lands alienations – land that is no longer open, green and public.

King Rodney Park is one of Adelaide’s most utilised – if not the most utilized - Park Land for major events.

For many years it was a pivotal centerpiece in what were three massively popular annual sporting events - the Tour Down Under; the equestrian 3-day event and the V8 supercar festival known as the Adelaide 500.

The roads around this Park were also part of the circuit for the former Australian Formula One Grand Prix, from 1985 until it was moved to Melbourne in 1996.

The large oval you see here, was used to host a stage for popular music concerts that were held in the evenings after Adelaide 500 motor racing, which used to take place in early March each year.

The first event held during the Tour Down Under cycling each year is a closed circuit street race or criterium, usually about 50 kilometrres, in which the peleton does laps of a city circuit. In some years, the pack has raced around the outside of this Park 15. In other years the city circuit has been held at Glenelg, or just north of here around Rymill Park instead.

The cross country track in Australia’s premier equestrian 3-day competition has traversed King Rodney Park and neighbouring Victoria Park and Rymill Park. Tens of thousands of people have attended these events and enjoyed the surrounds of King Rodney Park at the same time.

NOW FOLLOW THE PATH ALONG THE EDGE OF THE OVAL, THEN TURN LEFT, GET OFF THE PATH AND CROSS THE GRASS TO A WOODEN BRIDGE ACROSS THE CREEK.

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