Tucked in on the other side of Dry Creek from the Valley View Par 3 Golf Course, and overlooked by the ovals of the Valley View Soccer Club (at the end of Lachlan Ct), the Thomas Turner Reserve Playground is a favourite of both of my children.
The playground itself has a relatively small selection of equipment, but it manages to keep children enthralled, especially with the large 'spider web' climbing frame and the round object that moves along its casters.
There is a wide walking path that follows along the edge of the Thomas Turner Reserve, and this is often used by joggers and bicycle riders. There is also a small half-court basketball court -come- skateboard area off to one side, which is small and so does not attract the better skateboarders, but is a place where beginners can try their newly developing skills.
A third area has a couple of small pieces of equipment for younger children, as well as a large meeting area (for want of a better term) circled by rocks and protected by trees and some pieces of modern art.
There are a number of tables with attached benches in close proximity and a barbecue available for public use. Add to all of this the very close ovals, and this whole area becomes a great place for a family gathering. More than once, we have seen birthday parties set up here. It is quite a way off the beaten track, and so there are none of the problems with busy roads, and if all all else fails, Dry Creek runs right alongside, giving the more adventurous somewhere to explore.
This playground and its surrounds offer a wonderful place for the whole family to go and have a great day out.
Dear Retired writer, you might know already that there are now plans by Council to dramatically alter the character and size of this peaceful and much-loved park. A proposal to extend Penelope Ave down through the East Oval and the non-renewal of the golf club and driving range licenses has raised alarm bells amongst the community, some of whom actively, and successfully, fought to stop a similar development proposal for the East Oval in 1995. A community consultation process is currently underway, and we urge everyone to respond to the questionnaire, or post their comments opposing the expansion of residential development and encroachment onto this valued green space by the deadline 2/12/16:http://www.portenf.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/Project_ThomasTurner_ConsultationFlyer.pdf We settled in Valley View in 1972, and shortly after, the farm which is now this public reserve, was bequeathed to Council by Thomas Turner, under the proviso that it was used as a public park, and not as a money making opportunity for Council through the sale of land parcels and subsequent rate paying. It was attempted once before, but there are many who remember the 1995 proposals and will be concerned that, 20 years on, we are faced with the same battle. It is important therefore that everyone submits their views by the consultation deadline, and comes together as one voice, as we did before. Any proposed landscaping improvements will be sold at the cost of land, and Thomas Turner will not be the only one disappointed by the nibbling away of our public park. P.