Bridgestone Reserve opens on former tyre factory site

Released on 31 March 2017
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Bridgestone Reserve – a significant new parkland, recreation and fitness playspace for all ages based in Salisbury – is now open.

The project was officially opened on Friday 31 March by Mayor Gillian Aldridge and Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Andrew Moffatt who jointly unveiled a plaque commemorating the day.

The 6.8-hectare site located on Frost Road in Salisbury South was donated to the Salisbury community by Bridgestone following the cessation of their local manufacturing operations in 2010.  “I’d like to acknowledge and thank Bridgestone for their generous donation to our community,” Mayor Aldridge said.

The new Reserve features two spacious parkland areas, plenty of playground equipment including a flying fox, a fitness loop, sheltered barbecue, picnic and toilet facilities, a new car park, footpaths, lighting and landscaping. It also included extensive stormwater management works.

“Public facilities such as these play a significant role in supporting the health and well-being of the people of Salisbury,” Mayor Aldridge said. “I believe this fantastic new Reserve is going to be very popular with residents and visitors to our city. It boasts a diverse array of activities that can be enjoyed year-round.”

Mr Moffatt said the Reserve and the company’s donation acknowledges the 46-year relationship between the City of Salisbury and the former Bridgestone manufacturing operations. “We hope that this facility will invigorate the area and provide a space to be enjoyed by all members of the community for years to come.”

Project funding included $5.3 million from the City of Salisbury, a $2.21 million grant under the Australian Government’s National Urban Water and Desalination Plan, and in-kind support from the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. The project was informed by extensive public consultation.