Something that had intrigued me while planning my visit was the large number of streets named after titled people in this area.
Think Lady Gowrie Drive, Lady Ruthven Drive, Sir Keith Smith Drive and Sir Ross Smith Drive, Sir Ewen Waterman Ave and Sir Claude Gibb St.
At least they had the grace to drop the "Queen" from Victoria Rd, but someone in the Geographical Names Unit has a rather ironical sense of humour since this was one of the poorest parts of Adelaide for many years.
Perhaps it was thought that the plebeians needed a reminder of their place in society. I'm glad that they spared us the Lords, Dukes and Barons.
Anyhow. Little did I know that I was to become enmeshed in a secret Defence project.
It seemed to be equipped with the usual de riguer equipment that councils supply for the entertainment of our offspring - a swing, and a bouncy ride on a seat. I'm sure the fastidious parents in my readers can tell me the proper current names for these contraptions that kids know instinctively how to use (when I don't).
While reflecting on the rather minimalist nature of the play equipment, I was struck by the number of other amenities in what is possibly one of the last places in Adelaide that people would normally go. Or was I displaying my usual arrogance and lack of local knowledge?
The place clearly has some attractions, as I saw people sailing by on this sunny weekday. They were too far away to tell me about the playground though.
Determined to find out about this unusual use of public money, I Googled extensively searching for a playground in Outer Harbor. Being unsuccessful, I contacted the Port Adelaide Enfield Council who were finally able to helpfully solve my puzzle.
It seems that Defence SA has been busily spruiking South Australia's advantages for Defence industries to the rest of the world.
As part of this effort they have funded a cunningly named Northern Lefevre Peninsula Masterplan which will make the area more attractive to appropriate industry and enhance the lifestyle of people in the area.
Lady Ruthven Reserve is a part of the initial gateway experience for visitors to our State from ocean liners, as well as a destination point for the Coastal Park walk, cycle path network, local residents and fishing enthusiasts.
While I am not sure that new arrivals on ocean liners will be tempted to explore the back blocks of North Haven, this place certainly would be grand for watching sunsets. It is a pleasant enough spot, and would offer great views for people wanting to watch ships arrive.
And as the coastal cycle path terminates here then it is a good place to have these amenities. If you want to follow a different way to cycle here, try this planner.
A Council staff member advised me that Lady Ruthven Reserve will be a part of a "from gulf to river" corridor linking Biodiversity Park, Falie Reserve, Mutton Cove, Lady Ruthven Reserve and Kardi Yarta. Something to look forward to.
While I wouldn't come here just for the playground, this little spot looks set to change from being a playground for fishers that is not widely known.