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Much of Adelaide is surrounded by parks. Image – Canva.
  • Announcement was made during the weekend on World Environment Day
  • Adelaide is known for being nestled among numerous parks
  • London is the only other city to have the title - 50% of Greater London has green cover

The South Australian Government has made a push for Adelaide to become the world’s second National Park City.

The announcement was made on Saturday – which was World Environment Day.

“A National Park City is a focused community effort to improve a city’s liveability, through a better connection of nature and people,” said David Speirs, the Minister for Environment and Water.

“It’s a place where everyone enjoys the outdoors, walking or bike riding to work or school, and a place where being part of nature is a factor in everyone’s life, ultimately improving health and wellbeing.”

David Spiers, Minister for Environment and Water

Given Adelaide’s proximity to nature along with the important role the environment plays in day-to-day life, Mr Spiers suggested being recognised a such as city would be an acknowledgement of the unique liveability of Adelaide.

“We have a strong history of parks and open spaces with our Botanic Gardens, Cleland Wildlife Park, Belair National Park and the recent creation of Glenthorne National Park in Adelaide’s southern suburbs.

“Metropolitan Adelaide is also blessed to be nestled amongst local parks, the River Torrens and numerous creeks – most of which are within walking distance from homes.”

The term is based on London which was coined the first National Park City back in 2019. Almost 50% of the Greater London area has green cover, making it one of the most vegetated cities in the world.

For Adelaide to become a National Park City, Adelaideians are auspiciously asked to sign the Universal National Park City Charter.

Chris Daniel, Green Adelaide Chair Professor, said supporting the motion is about the power of residents to connect and look after the environment.

“Signing and sharing the Charter helps us gather and demonstrate support, a critical step in the process of becoming a National Park City,” Professor Daniels said.

“There is lots of on-ground action everyone can do to support Adelaide National Park City, from greening your backyard, to caring for your local wetland and even by building eco-friendly houses that incorporate green walls and roofs.”

Chris Daniels, Green Adelaide Chair Professor

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