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New playgrounds a school holiday boost in Newcastle

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In a school holiday boost for youngsters across Newcastle, four new or upgraded playgrounds are now open.

It comes as City of Newcastle (CN) serves up a multi-million-dollar investment into recreation needs throughout the LGA.

Under cloudy skies at the weekend, the mood was much brighter when council unveiled another play space at Adamstown Park.

With several residents – young and old – taking part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the relocated facility is part of CN’s $600,000 investment into a quartet of projects.

Popular recreational areas at Rawson Park in Stockton and Waratah’s Coolamin Reserve also received new equipment, while Islington Park’s playground was enhanced with new rubber softfall and a fresh coat of colour.

Additionally, construction is progressing at Hamilton’s historic Gregson Park where a significant $3 million playspace will be delivered to complement the park’s Masterplan.

That much-anticipated project is expected to be completed in October.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said CN was committed to offering enriched neighbourhoods with spaces that bring people together for active living and social connection.

“We know how much our community values open spaces and their local playgrounds,” she explained.

“That’s why it is vital we continue to deliver our playground replacement program and other recreation projects to ensure everyone has the opportunity to access quality facilities now and into the future.

“As part of our commitment to undertake a staged implementation of the newly-adopted Adamstown Park Masterplan, the Adamstown playground was relocated, upgraded and expanded, activating the green space.”

Councillor Carol Duncan, who is also the chair of the Community and Culture Advisory Committee, said it was not just children who’ll benefit from the new playground.

“We’re catering for the recreation needs of teenagers and adults who visit this area of Adamstown Park,” she stated.

“There’ll be a new basketball court in the coming weeks, too.”

Councillor Peta Winney-Baartz said it was another example of CN providing facilities that are safe, engaging and support the community’s wellbeing.

“New accessible pathways have been created to link the Adamstown playground with Glebe Road, while a sheltered picnic table offers visitors and locals seating and shade,” she added.

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