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The Riverbank area in Adelaide follows the River Torrens as it meanders lazily through the city from the Adelaide Zoo, past the University of Adelaide and North Terrace's cultural precinct to the Adelaide Oval and its new footbridge. From there it extends past the Adelaide Convention Centre, past the SAHMRI (cheese grater) building and new Royal Adelaide Hospital all the way to Bonython Park.
Way back in 1999 the government developed a Riverbank Precinct master plan which formed the basis of extensions to the Adelaide Convention Centre and improvements to the Adelaide Festival Theatre surrounds, including a bridge linking it to Station Road.
By 2011 the plan was not reflecting new initiatives such as the massive new Adelaide Oval redevelopment and Convention Centre extensions, and a new master plan was developed.
The Riverbank Family Fun Day Included a Petting Zoo
The latest version of the Riverbank Master Plan was displayed at a Family Fun Day held in June, where Renewal SA staff explained the proposed changes and sought public feedback - while providing some quite elaborate entertainment, winning wines and fine food.
The very first event is the temporary opening of the Torrens footbridge during the week December 5-9, allowing you to promenade over the bridge to the grand Adelaide Oval south plaza entrance. There will be a party atmosphere on the river banks, with live performances by surprise artists and special guest appearances from sporting icons and television personalities.
The Blue Hive Awaits at the End of the River Torrens Footbridge
Some of the events would have happened anyway, such as the Carols by Candlelight at Elder Park and cricket and tennis matches. But the Experience Riverbank website pulls together many things to do in the area which you might not think of otherwise, such as tours of Adelaide Oval. It promoters Riverbank as a destination area, rather than a series of nearby places.
Tours of the New Adelaide Oval are Listed on the Riverbank Website
One event that caught my eye was the Nikon Walkley Press Photo Awards 2013 from December 21 to February 9 at the Adelaide Festival Centre. It's a display of some of Australia's best press photography, and will be well worth a visit.
Riverbank's New Footbridge is Not the Only Adelaide City Bridge
Another event is the Adelaide Parklands Art Prize, where artists from around the world will compete to capture the essence of the Adelaide Parklands. It runs from February 15 to April 6, and is a wonderful way to celebrate our "underutilised" park lands.
Pelicans in a Flap - in Adelaide's Parklands at Riverbank
Hopefully the government can preserve the natural beauty of the Riverbank area as it is being developed, without building huge office towers that block views of the Torrens from the remainder of the city. Haven't we already got enough unused office accommodation in the city?
Nice article, Dave. I don't know why they need to build a high rise next to Parliament house..........I think they lost an opportunity to connect the river to the city (North tce) where they are putting the new RAH, I would have preferred if it went to Keswick.........James