Parks & Playgrounds

Active Unley

Active Unley is Council’s new health and wellbeing initiative aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles while providing opportunities for the community to get outdoors and participate in physical activity.

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We'd love you to get involved:
  • Check off some of the items on our list of 21 Things to do in Unley
  • Follow the City of Unley Facebook page for regular tips and ideas
  • Upload your active images to Facebook and Instagram using #activeunley
  • Complete an Active Unley Passport and go into the draw to win a ‘FitBit’® Wireless Wristband
  • If you provide activities through your business or sporting group contact Council’s Sport and Recreation Planner on 8372 5111 or email We are always looking for partners to help us provide more active opportunities to the community.
  • 21 Things to do in Unley

    Need some inspiration? Here’s a list of 21 things to do in the City of Unley.


    Spring is here and the Jacaranda’s will soon be in bloom. Walk, push or ride around our beautiful City and enjoy the colour! 

    Take a dip at the Unley Swimming Centre, Ethel Street, Forestville, open from Saturday 17 September.

    Ride the mini trains at SASMEE Park, Millswood Crescent, Millswood, operating on the 1st Saturday and 3rd Sunday of every month.

    Activate your creative side by joining an art and craft club such as the Adelaide Potters Club, or one of the many programs available at our four community centres.

    Held every September at the Wayville Showgrounds, spend the day at the fabulous Royal Adelaide Show.

    Enjoy the change of seasons by sitting on a bench at Heywood Park and watching the world go by. Can you hear the kookaburras?

    Ride the Mike Turtor Bikeway from the Black Forest to the Wayville Showgrounds.  You can even stop in at the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market, held every Sunday on Leader Street, Goodwood.

    Packed full of play equipment, the Princess Margaret Playground at Black Forest is a hidden gem.  The kids will love it, trust us!

    Unley Road offers 1.5km’s of shopping activity. Why not start at one end in the morning, have lunch and then wander back down the other side in the afternoon.

    Head to the Unley Oval to see the local Sturt Football Club play. Practise your own footy skills on the oval after the game.

    We now have two outdoor ping pong tables! Check them out at the Unley Civic Centre, Oxford Terrace, Unley, and Fullarton Park Community Centre, Fullarton Rd, Fullarton.

    Walk the ‘Discover Historic Unley’ trail and pop in at the Unley Museum, 80 Edmund Avenue, Unley, to discover more about your neighbourhood.

    See what you can find at Ridge Park, Myrtle Bank. Do you know how much water the dam can hold? Can you find the 250 year old ‘Eucalyptus microcarpa’ tree, or the giant lizards at the playground? 

    Visit one of Australia’s oldest hockey club’s, Forestville Hockey Club at Goodwood Oval.

    Man’s best friend needs some exercise too! Take your dog to one of our great parks. More details regarding off-leash times can be found on our Dog Exercise Area page.  

    Search for a good book at Unley Library and enjoy it at the Village Green, Rugby Street, Unley.

    The City of Unley has so many places for kids to explore. Orphanage Park is one great example, where you can build a cubby house, catch tadpoles and make some mud pies!

    Plant some tomato and watermelon seeds ready for a bumper summer crop!

    Walk Windsor Street trail from Fern Avenue Reserve to Unley Road and observe the native plants along the way.

    Climb the stairs of grandstand at Goodwood Oval and enjoy the view.

    Open the lid to discover what’s inside the ‘Toy Boxes’, at Ridge Park, Village Green, Soutar Park and Forestville Reserve.  

  • Active Unley Monthly Activity Program


    Yoga for You: stretch, strength and de-stress

    When: Saturday 25 March, 3.30pm – 5pm
    Where: Yogita Yoga, 435 Fullarton Road, Highgate
    Activity Details: Free Yoga class that includes gentle stretches and easy strengthening Yoga postures as well as a guided relaxation at the end. 
    Complimentary chai and cookies will be provided afterwards.  Learn more from the Yogita Yoga  website.
    To register: Contact Evelyn Krull, Senior Principal Teacher and Studio Owner, on 0421 498 554 or email 

    Yoga at Heywood Park with Bec French - BE YOGA

    When:  Fridays 7 - 8am, or 9.30 – 10.30am
    (Summer – 17 February to 7 April 2017) (Spring – 20 October to 15 December 2017)
    Where: Heywood Park (in from the toilets), Addiscombe Place, Unley Park
    Activity details: Gentle Flow Yoga classes for all community members – children welcome under their parent/carer's responsibility - babes in prams or children playing in nearby park
    Cost: There is a small cost of $10 per class, subsidised under the Active Unley program
    To register: For more information, and to book, please contact Bec French 0410 638 575

    YOGA @ The Field 

    When:  Every Wednesday 5.30 – 6.30pm 
    Where: The Field Whole Foods,  158 King William Road, Hyde Park
    Activity details:  Each class is especially designed for building strength for muscles and bones, improving flexibility and balancing stress and hormone levels. Suitable for ALL experience levels. You will break through stress and tension and you will feel your body, mind and health transform.
    Cost: $15 per session or $40 for 3 sessions, including a contribution to ‘youthinc’ charity
    To register: For more information, and to book, please contact Sally Lydia Paech 0411 837 144 or drop into The Field Whole Foods at 158 King William Road.  

    Yoga and Meditation in the Park - Free activity

    When:  8 – 9.30am. Every Sunday from 8 January 2017 to 26 March 2017
    Where: Orphanage Park, Mitchell Street, Millswood
    Activity details: 12 free yoga and meditation classes for all community members, to be held once a week between January 2016 and March 2017. Each class will be 90 mins.
    To register: For more information, and to book, please contact Rajendra Pandey on 0416 650 525 or email 

    Group Fitness Training

    When: 9.15 - 10am. Every Tuesday and Thursday, until Thursday 13 April 2017.
    Where: Henry Codd Reserve, Corner Maud St and Windsor St, Parkside.
    Activity Details: Unley Primary School is holding its first ever 'fit-raiser' for mums, the first in an anticipated series of workshops focused on the health and wellbeing of parents that supports the school raising valuable funds. Babies and toddlers also welcome!
    Sessions will be led by Sarah Kuss (owner of Fitness Boutique by Sarah in Unley) and will include warm up, total body workout and stretches.
    Cost: There is a small cost of $10 per person per class (cash on the day please). Cost is subsidised under the Active Unley program. 
    To register: For more information, and to book, please contact Bianca Harms on 0414 780 131 or Sarah Kuss on 0421 175 619.

    Come & Try Petanque at Eastern Suburbs Petanque Club, Unley Park
    When: 7 - 9pm. Wednesday 29 March 2017 (bar and light meals available from 6.30pm)

    Location: Eastern Suburbs Petanque Club, 8 Northgate Street, Unley Park
    Activity Details: Petanque is an inclusive sport that can be played equally by both men and women irrespective of age, physical fitness or ability. It is both a leisurely activity and a competitive sport. No experience or equipment necessary.
    To register: Email or phone 0419 834 563.


    Active Unley “Pro-am” Style Bowls and BBQ fun competition

    When: Saturday 1 April 2 -  4pm, BBQ from 4.30pm
    Where: Unley Park Bowling Club, 8 Northgate Street, Unley Park
    Activity Details: Unley Park Bowling club is running a fun “Pro-am” bowls competition, as part of the Active Unley initiative.  New players will be partnered with experienced players to provide a more even competition. 
    The club may go further and elect to introduce a handicap system if deemed appropriate.  The main goal of the event is to have a fun afternoon involving active sport. 

    • Drinks will be available at club function prices. 
    • New bowlers will be partnered with experienced bowlers by hat draw.
    • Fun prizes will be awarded for winners and novelty events.

    To register: Please contact Derek Sullens, club secretary on 0419 559 004, or email

    Mindfulness and Pilates at Physio Pilates Proactive, Parkside

    When: Sunday 2 April
    Where: Physio Pilates Proactive, 86 Glen Osmond Rd, Parkside
    Activity Details:
    Mindfulness at 9.30am (1 hour)
    Mindfulness meditation to start followed by stretching and facilitated movement with the aim of reducing soft tissue tension and stress, promoting greater flexibility and harmony of mind and body.
    Pilates, Strength and Balance at 10.45am (90 minutes)
    Are you keen to try Pilates at a gentle level? Want to increase your general strength and improve your balance? This class will give you the opportunity to experience a Pilates floor work class as well as some exercises in standing and sitting, which we do in our Strength and Balance classes. Suitable for people who have low bone density and may want to work at a slower pace.
    To register: For more information and to book, please contact or phone 8271 3144. Please book early, numbers are limited to allow for more individualised attention. 


  • Your Business or Group can Get Involved in Active Unley
    Are you a local business or community group?
    • Promote your business or community group by getting involved in the Active Unley monthly activity calendar
    • Council are partnering with businesses and community groups to assist you to host a free or low cost activity for City of Unley residents
    • Over 30 businesses and community groups have been partnered with so far, offering over 100 different activities since 2015
    • Council can provide a limited amount of funding and promotional support to enable you to host an activity (or activities) and promote your business
    • For more information, contact contact Council’s Sport and Recreation Planner on 8372 5111 or email 

    We are always looking for partners to help us provide more active opportunities to the community!
  • Complete an Active Unley Passport and win!

    Record four different activities in your Active Unley Passport and go into the draw to win a FitBit’® Flex Wireless Wristband.

    How to Enter – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

    Step 1 - Collect an Active Unley passport from one of the venues listed below.

    Step 2 – Let us know how you have been active in the City of Unley, by recording four different activities that you’ve taken part in. It could be anything from walking your dog or playing a game of tennis! Read our ‘21 Things to do in Unley’ list for ideas.

    Step 3 - Send your completed passport back to Council before 5.00pm on the closing dates to go into the draw.  The closing dates are:
    • Friday 30 December 2016
    • Tuesday 28 February 2017
    • Friday 28 April 2017
    • Friday 30 June 2017

    NOTE – you do not require a stamp on your passport, simply record the activity and your contact details.

    Where to get your passport

    Active Unley Passports are available from:
    • Unley Civic Centre, 181 Unley Road, Unley
    • Unley Library, 181 Unley Road, Unley
    • Goodwood Library, 101 Goodwood Road, Goodwood
    • Clarence Park Community Centre, 72-74 East Ave, Black Forest
    • Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton
    • Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley
    • Phone 8372 5111 to request a passport be posted to you.
  • FitBit Competition - Terms & Conditions of Entry

    Active Unley Passport - WIN a ‘FitBit’® Promotion

    Terms and Conditions of Entry

    The promoter is the City of Unley, 181 Unley Road, Unley SA 5061
    How to enter:

    • Collect an Active Unley passport from City of Unley venues, including civic centre, libraries and community centres, and participating City of Unley partner venues or phone 8372 5111 to request a passport be posted to you.
      Record four different activities and send your completed passport back to Council before the closing dates to go into the draw to win.
      Entrants do not need to participate in four different activities in the space of one month, i.e. activities can be participated in during the competition open dates.
      Entries must include the entrant’s full name, phone number and address clearly legible in the space provided on the passport to be valid.


    • Entry is available to all South Australian residents.
      Entrants must be 12 years of age or older.  If you are under 18 years of age, you must have a parent or guardian approve your entry by writing this clearly on the completed passport.
      One entry per person for the duration of the competition.
      Employees of the City of Unley and their immediate families, and agencies associated with the promotion are ineligible to enter.

    Terms and Conditions:

    • Entry contact details will be provided to the City of Unley for future promotional and research purposes.
    • The City of Unley reserves the right to disqualify any person who tampers with the entry process.
    • No responsibility will be accepted for late, lost, misdirected entries or entries sent but not received by The City of Unley. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Entry details remain the property of the City of Unley.
    • Valid entries will be retained and eligible for draw for the duration of the promotion.

    Prize Details:

    • One FitBit Wireless Wristband will be won in each draw, from November 2016 to June 2017. 
    • Prize is not redeemable for cash.
    • The City of Unley makes no representation or warranty concerning the appearance, safety or performance of any prize awarded.
    • The City of Unley will provide a receipt to the winner with the device, from the date of purchase for warranty, but is unable to assist with any warranty claims and accepts no responsibility for faulty devices.   

    Competition Timeline:

    • The promotion commences at 10:00am Tuesday 1 November 2016 and closes at 4:00pm Friday 30 June 2017.
    • Entries must be received by the City of Unley before the close of business (5.00pm) on the closing dates, as follows:
      • Friday 30 December 2016
      • Tuesday 28 February 2017
      • Friday 28 April 2017
      • Friday 30 June 2017
    • Entries received after the closure date/time will not be eligible.
    • A representative of the City of Unley will randomly draw the winning entries, which will occur on the following business day after entries close, or as early as practicable, at 10am at Unley Civic Centre, 181 Unley Rd, Unley. 
    • Winners will be notified via phone call and in writing within 14 days of the draw.
    • Unclaimed prizes will go into the dray for the following month.  The passport will also go back into the draw for the following month. Any unclaimed prizes for 30 June 2017 draw will be redrawn on Friday 14 July 2017, at 10.00am at Unley Civic Centre.
    • Details of how the prize should be collected will be provided. Winner will be given 30 days from the date of notification to collect or arrange the receipt of their prize.


    • Winners agree to upon request, participate in any promotional activities required by The City of Unley, including, but not limited to, publicity, photography and appearances.
    • The winner consents to the use of their name and photograph in The City of Unley promotional materials.

Booking a Park

You can book Council's parks (including open space areas, tennis courts, BBQs and shelters) for a variety of activities.

If you wish to book a park for fitness training or regular sports training visit our Fitness Training on Council Reserves section.

Make your booking for a park by completing the Event Permit Application Form. We encourage you to complete this application online and return it via email to

Please note:
  • All bookings are subject to availability; and
  • Booking a park does not exclude other people from using it.
Event Permit Application Form
Fees and Charges 2016-17

Fitness Training on Council Reserves

Fitness Training

The use of public open space by commercial fitness trainers is permitted, provided trainers have approval from Council and adhere to the relevant policy below.

Before running a fitness training session on community land (which includes most parks and reserves in the City of Unley), trainers must complete a Fitness Training Activities Permit Form and pay the relevant fee.

Submitting this application form does not guarantee approval. You will be contacted following the assessment of your application.

For further information, please contact Council’s Sport and Recreation Planner on 8372 5111. 

Training in Council Park FAQs
Fitness Training Activities Permit Form
Commercial Fitness Training on Community Land Policy
Fees and Charges 2016-17
Regular Sports Training

This permit application form should be completed for persons wanting to use Council reserves for regular sports training activities. This form should also be used for one-off bookings requiring floodlighting and or line marking.

Submitting this application form does not guarantee approval. You will be contacted in the near future following the assessment of your application.

For further information, please contact Council’s Sport and Recreation Planner on 8372 5111.

Regular Sports Training Activities Permit Form
Fees and Charges 2016-17

Bike Riding in Unley

The City of Unley has 45 kilometres of marked bike routes and a speed limit of 40kms per hour to promote safe bike riding.

Many community, shopping and recreational facilities are easily accessible by bike where bike rails are readily available. Unley bike routes are part of the Adelaide metropolitan bike lane network.

Katherine St Park Update

Trees at Ridge Park

Thanks to all who have recently provided feedback on design options for the Katherine Street Park in Fullarton. Your survey responses and comments have been important to ensure design concepts reflect the aims of the community and deliver an ‘attractive and inviting’ identity for Katherine Street Park.

The development of this Park addresses a gap in the provision of local open space. As well as a place for relaxation, a key element to local open space is the inclusion of a junior playground.
Feedback has shown that the community values:
  • An attractive and accessible open space
  • A safe and inviting park
  • A meeting place with opportunities for passive recreation, reflection and play

Features will include a junior playground with a theme of integrating play with nature. Other facilities will provide accessible pathways with seating and shelter for all users, with spaces for contemplation and communal gathering. 

Katherine Street Reserve Concept Plan
Our design for the Katherine Street Local Park has taken shape. The concept plan draws from key themes:

  • A safe and inviting space
  • An accessible local park
  • Passive recreation and reflection and
  • Junior nature play
As well as features from the community survey, the additional survey suggestions have been included:
  • Drinking fountain
  • Fences
  • Solar lighting and
  • Bins (with dog bag dispensers  –  for dogs on lead at all times)
After a competitive tender process the contract for the construction works for the local park at Katherine Street has been awarded to Landscape Construction Services (LCS). LCS are an Adelaide based construction company specialising in landscape projects, one of their most recent public projects is the Glenelg Foreshore Play-space which opened last month.

Works on site will commence on 18 April and the program is expected to be complete by the end of August.  
As the design develops, updates will be posted on this page.


The development of the local park has been funded jointly by the Council and State government as part of the Minister for Planning’s commitment to provide money for council’s to invest in local reserves and playgrounds.

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