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Newcastle playgrounds set for million-dollar makeover

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At least another five City of Newcastle (CN) playgrounds will undergo million-dollar makeovers in 2024.

Recreational areas such as Stockton’s Rawson Park, Adamstown No.2 and Waratah’s Coolamin Reserve are scheduled to receive new apparatus as part of council’s annual improvement program.

On top of that, Islington and Lambton Park playgrounds will be upgraded with rubber softfall and equipment respectively.

Designs are currently being finalised, with construction expected to start early in the new year.

The upcoming works follow the official re-opening of the $2 million Wallsend Active Hub.

City of Newcastle councillors Elizabeth Adamczyk and Deahnna Richardson outside the newly-opened amenities at the popular Wallsend Active Hub.

One of Newcastle’s most popular playgrounds, it caters for residents of all ages with a bike pump track, climbing walls, multi-sport courts, rebound wall and fitness equipment.

Future stage two development will include a barbecue area, shelter and seating.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said CN had invested more than $10 million into projects over the past five years as part of its commitment to delivering enhanced recreational opportunities for the community.

“We know how much everyone values open spaces and their local playgrounds,” she stated.

“They provide local children and families with the opportunity to spend more time outdoors and engage in an active and healthy lifestyle.

“Not only does council upgrade up to five playgrounds a year through its annual improvement program, we also invest additional funding into district level projects such as the $3 million inclusive playspace at Hamilton’s historic Gregson Park, which will begin construction soon.

“I’m also glad to see the addition of toilet amenities at Wallsend Active Hub.”

Newcastle boasts more than 116 playgrounds across the LGA.

Five were upgraded under the program during the past 12 months including Beresfield’s Vera Wilson Park, Loch Ness Drive Park in Fletcher, Harold Myers Park in Birmingham Gardens, Avon Street Reserve in Mayfield, and Waratah Park.

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