Thorndon Park Reserve

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Thorndon Park Reserve is a public park in the Adelaide suburb of Paradise, South Australia. It was formerly the site of the Thorndon Park reservoir, which was completed in 1860. [1] The reserve became accessible to the public for recreational use in 1986.[ citation needed ] It was redesigned in the 2000s[ citation needed ] and as of 2015 improvement works are ongoing. [2] [3] The reserve has picnic areas, barbecues, play equipment for children, large grassy areas, wheelchair-friendly walking paths, an amphitheatre, waterways and a terraced series of ponds and wetlands which support diverse native flora and fauna. [4] In 2014, the prospect of establishing a community orchard within the Thorndon Park Reserve was considered. [5] Dogs are not permitted in the park. [6]

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Thorndon Park reservoir

Thorndon Park Reservoir

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Thorndon Park Reservoir, 1899
Coordinates 34°52′28″S138°41′18″E / 34.87444°S 138.68833°E / -34.87444; 138.68833 Coordinates: 34°52′28″S138°41′18″E / 34.87444°S 138.68833°E / -34.87444; 138.68833
Status Drained and converted to a park
Construction began 1857
Opening date 1860
Demolition date 1986
Dam and spillways
Type of dam earth
Height 42 feet (13 m) [1]
Width (crest) 5 feet (1.5 m)
Width (base) 10 feet (3.0 m)
Total capacity 142,000,000 imperial gallons (650 Ml)
Surface area 26.5 acres (10.7 ha) [1]
Maximum water depth 40 feet (12 m)

The Thorndon Park reservoir was the first reservoir built to supply the township of Adelaide. [7] It was under construction between 1857 [8] and 1859 [1] and was completed in 1860. At full capacity, the reservoir held 142,000,000 imperial gallons (650 Ml) of water. [9] [8]

In 1950 the tiny African freshwater jellyfish Craspedacusta sowerbii was found in the reservoir. [10]

Olindiidae family of cnidarians

Olindiidae is a family of hydrozoans in the order Limnomedusae. They have a polyp phase and a medusa phase. The polyps are generally small (1 mm) and solitary, but a few species are colonial. They have a varying number of tentacles and can reproduce by budding. The medusae can grow to 6 cm (2.4 in). Centripetal canals may be present or absent and the radial canals are unbranched. The gonads are beside the radial canals, except in Limnocnida, where they are on the manubrium. The fertilised eggs develop into planula larvae which become polyps. These multiply asexually or can bud off medusae. In some species, medusae are only produced when the water temperature exceeds a certain level. Most species are marine, but several can also be found in brackish water and a few, notably Craspedacusta and Limnocnida, are found in fresh water.

<i>Craspedacusta sowerbii</i> fresh water jellyfish

Craspedacusta sowerbii is a freshwater jellyfish in the phylum Cnidaria. Since it is classified as a hydrozoan, it is one of many jellyfish that are also known as hydromedusae. Hydromedusan jellyfish differ from scyphozoan jellyfish because they have a muscular, shelf-like structure called a velum on the ventral surface, attached to the bell margin. Originally from the Yangtze basin in China, C. sowerbii is an invasive species now found throughout the world in bodies of fresh water.

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