In recent days, the Victoria Park in Adelaide, previously used for the famous Formula 1 and Supercars street circuit, was at risk of closure following a proposed redevelopment of the area in a greener space.
The “Reimagining Victoria Park” proposal was exposed at an Adelaide City Council meeting last night, with Professor Doug McEvoy speaking of a “major threat to Victoria Park’s public amenity due to overheating in the summer due to to climate change and the lack of trees “.
According to McEvoy, the solution is to increase the number of trees and “remove as many hard surfaces as possible”.
After suffering a public backlash in recent days, councilor Greg Mackie proposed an alternative motion to the council to increase the green in the park while protecting the remaining elements of the circuit.
The new proposal, put together by Mackie together with councilor Alexander Hyde, also prompted the council to consider whether the circuit, and in particular the Senna chicane, should be considered as a historical heritage of the city.
“We all know the significance that the track has for the people of Adelaide and for the people of South Australia in general,” Hyde told the board and also talks about a potential return to racing in the area and it is thought that it may be Formula E rather. than a return of the recently defunct Adelaide 500.
“There are ambitions within the community for some kind of racing comeback, to a lesser extent. Something that uses the short track, something that is quite discreet.”
At the request of other councilors, the motion was divided into two parts, one which actually covers the revised green space plan for greater tree coverage and the other for the evaluation of the circuit heritage.
The first passed with a unanimous vote, while the plan for inclusion in the heritage passed with a single vote in favor.
A number of councilors argued against any need to safeguard the route. Counselor Keiran Snape said he would “grudgingly” support the first part of the motion, but then asked to “remove as much asphalt as possible.”
Councilor Anne Moran was another to fiercely oppose the idea of including the circuit on the city’s heritage list and also called for the circuit to be demolished to “permanently remove” any danger of motor racing returning to Victoria Park.
“I would rather demolish the runway and all the other concrete works that are still there,” Moran told the council. “By doing so I would like to permanently remove the danger of carrying [di nuovo] car races seen in the past. There is no reason to list any part of the track as heritage. This means indulging the oil fanatics “.