On Saturday 26 May 2012 Premier Jay Weatherill, Deputy Premier John Rau and Treasurer Jack Snelling announced the State Government would provide $28.7 million to redevelop The Parks - to transform it into a sport and community hub for future generations.
The project is refocusing the facility as a community asset to ensure community and recreational services continue to be provided.
Being delivered by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), the project is providing a range of accessible facilities including:
- Upgraded Sports Centre incorporating a new indoor swim centre with two pools and children's splash pad, refurbished indoor recreation centre, gym and fitness centre together with a new main entry and café.
- New Public Plaza incorporating playground.
- Refurbished theatres.
- Refurbished and extended Children's Centre.
- Development of 6.84 hectares of open space including two new soccer pitches (one natural turf and the other artificial) with associated facilities.
- Development of a new Health and SA Dental facility.
The project also involves the sale of 6.59 hectares of land for residential and some commercial development to help fund the project.
The department worked with previous tenants and key users of the facility to address their future needs prior to finalising the design for the upgrade of the facility.
Construction works at The Parks commenced in April 2013 and the project team has endeavoured to understand any impacts and issues and work collaboratively with the local community to address them.
A council library and community facility will be funded and developed by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.