Opening Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve

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Enjoying recreational activities at Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve will be a great way for people to spend time with family and friends outdoors.

Access to green open spaces bring a range of benefits, and with access to Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve there will be new areas to enjoy and explore in your neighbourhood.

As an interested community member, we’d like to work with you as we progress the state government initiative to open Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve to land and water-based recreational activity before the end of 2021.

To help guide the way we do this, please contact Michael McCarthy, Stakeholder Engagement Advisor on 7424 1417, at michael.mccarthy@sawater.com.au to share your ideas and to register for project updates.



Community Reference Group

Expressions of interest for membership to the Community Reference Group have now closed. Successful applicants will be advised shortly.

Thanks to all applicants for registering your interest.

The Community Reference Group will act as a partner with the Government to design and shape public access to Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve for recreational activities. It will provide an understanding of the community’s ideas for the reservoir reserve and to account for the issues of importance to the community in relation to opening this space.



Membership Criteria

Nominees should live or work in the area (within proximity to Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve).

It is important that members have an interest in one or more of the following:

  • active outdoor recreation;
  • accessing natural places;
  • education about natural and cultural heritage;
  • promoting conservation values; or
  • addressing interests that neighbours may have in relation to opening the Reservoir Reserve for community access.



Working with the community

All registered stakeholders and nearest residents will be provided regular project updates and requests for their direct feedback.

In the meantime, we also encourage you to take our quick poll on their preferred recreation activities they would like to see accommodated within the reservoir, our survey on what’s most important to you when we consider public access to the reservoir reserve and to contribute your ‘ideas’ to our interactive map below.




Enjoying recreational activities at Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve will be a great way for people to spend time with family and friends outdoors.

Access to green open spaces bring a range of benefits, and with access to Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve there will be new areas to enjoy and explore in your neighbourhood.

As an interested community member, we’d like to work with you as we progress the state government initiative to open Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve to land and water-based recreational activity before the end of 2021.

To help guide the way we do this, please contact Michael McCarthy, Stakeholder Engagement Advisor on 7424 1417, at michael.mccarthy@sawater.com.au to share your ideas and to register for project updates.



Community Reference Group

Expressions of interest for membership to the Community Reference Group have now closed. Successful applicants will be advised shortly.

Thanks to all applicants for registering your interest.

The Community Reference Group will act as a partner with the Government to design and shape public access to Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve for recreational activities. It will provide an understanding of the community’s ideas for the reservoir reserve and to account for the issues of importance to the community in relation to opening this space.



Membership Criteria

Nominees should live or work in the area (within proximity to Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve).

It is important that members have an interest in one or more of the following:

  • active outdoor recreation;
  • accessing natural places;
  • education about natural and cultural heritage;
  • promoting conservation values; or
  • addressing interests that neighbours may have in relation to opening the Reservoir Reserve for community access.



Working with the community

All registered stakeholders and nearest residents will be provided regular project updates and requests for their direct feedback.

In the meantime, we also encourage you to take our quick poll on their preferred recreation activities they would like to see accommodated within the reservoir, our survey on what’s most important to you when we consider public access to the reservoir reserve and to contribute your ‘ideas’ to our interactive map below.



  • Adelaide’s urban reservoir reserves set to open

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    26 March, 2020
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    Seven reservoir reserves across South Australia including Adelaide’s urban reservoirs Happy Valley and Hope Valley will be open within two years for people to visit and enjoy.

    Happy Valley, South Para, Myponga and Warren reservoirs reserves will all feature popular water-based activities like kayaking and fishing by the end of 2021. Hope Valley, Little Para and Barossa reservoir reserves will host land-based recreational activities including cycling and bushwalking with great picnic spots by the end of 2020.

    South Para Reservoir Reserve will officially open in early December with cycling, kayaking and fishing on offer, while people will be able to head to Myponga to fish for the first time.

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