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Playground upgrade spends to top $2.8 million

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Warners Bay, Swansea, Gateshead and Murrays Beach are among the postcodes set to share in a $2.8 million playground upgrade spend in coming months.

The selected locations are designed to boost the council’s “vibrant and liveable Lake Mac” push.

The cash splash will span from Arcadia Vale in the city’s west, to Swansea Heads in the east.

Playgrounds include Arcadia Reserve in Arcadia Vale, Sylvia Grozdanovski Park in Gateshead, Chapman Oval in Swansea, Reids Reserve in Swansea Heads and Chartley Street in Warners Bay.

Concept drawing of Reid’s Reserve at Swansea Heads

The upgrades will also include a new $1.9 million play space to be built at Murrays Beach, featuring a cubby fort, swings, slide, rope climbers, and a basketball court.

Works will begin in coming months and delivered throughout 2022 and 2023.

Lake Macquarie City Council community assets delivery coordinator Brent Wellham said the projects would help create more vibrant and enjoyable spaces for families to enjoy.

“We maintain more than 120 playgrounds across the city and dedicate funding every year to upgrading them and ensuring they continue to meet community demand,” he said.

“That funding is supplemented by grant funds and developer contributions.

“For example, the new playground at Murrays Beach has received $200,000 in grant funding through the federal government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program, and $100,000 in funding through the NSW Government’s Places to Play program, as well as contributions from the North Wallarah catchment.”

Lake Macquarie’s $2.8 million playground spend follows news Newcastle City Council is looking at plans to develop Foreshore Park.

The former steel city also welcomed two new playgrounds in June 2022.

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