Since the 1960s, Rymill Park has been a family favourite in Adelaide. Every weekend, children are playing, joggers are jogging, and walkers and dogs on leads enjoy a walk along the network of paths and over the bridges. Groups of cyclists meet after a ride to enjoy a coffee.
The lake is a feature of the Rymill Park. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
Located in the East Parklands, Rymill Park is over 14 hectares of fun for all the family, including the four-legged friends. Also known as Park 14 or by the Kaurna name of Mullawirraburka, Rymill Park is named after Sir Arthur Rymill, Lord Mayer of Adelaide from 1950 to 1954 and a council member for 23 years.
Many native birds, including magpies, eastern rosellas and rainbow lorikeets, perch in the trees scattered around the park. Grassed areas suitable for games and picnics are shared with a variety of ducks and many Australian White Ibis who enjoy walking through the park.
Ducks, ducks and more ducks. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
Constructed in 1959, the duck filled lake is a feature of the park with rowboats for hire from the kiosk and seating near the lake to enjoy breakfast, lunch or a coffee. The boat shed and kiosk are open on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 8am to 5pm and Wednesday to Friday between 9am to 4pm. Be sure to have cash, as EFTPOS facilities are not available. The playground near the kiosk provides lots of fun activities for the kids and BBQ facilities offer a popular place for family and friends to meet.
Over the bridge at Rymill Park. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
Inspired by the Lewis Carroll stories, the Alice statue near the lake depicts the main character. Look closely at the base to see Tweedledee and Tweedledum and other characters from the stories. Designed by Dr John Dowie AM, in 1962, the statue was funded by Norman Lewis, founder of the Beneficial Finance Commission, who offered £1000 for the design of a sculpture to for children to enjoy.
Alice looking back toward Adelaide. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
Rymill Park has hosted many cultural and sporting events. The Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Fringe transform Adelaide every year, with Rymill Park a prominent venue. Other events such as Carnevale, the Australian International Horse Trails and even the Undies Run to raise funds for bowel cancer. have been held in the park.
East and Dequetteville Terraces and Bartels and Rundle Roads border Rymill Park. Its location close to the Botanic Gardens and Rundle Street make it an ideal spot for a full day outing, but the location of the park is also its downfall as the realignment for the $160 million O-Bahn extension has commenced.
The original plan proposed to build a new road through Rymill Park, with an O-Bahn tunnel underneath. Objections from the public have caused the extension to be modified, but the park will be significantly impacted by the project.
Rymill has been an important part of Adelaide and the source of many childhood memories. Progress may have intruded on some of the peace and quiet of the park, but there are still a lot of reasons to spend some quality time in the park.