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Rathmines Park youth hub and skate park build begins

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Rathmines could be home to a new youth hub, pump track, skate park, multi-court, playground and exercise stations by the end of 2024. 

First outlined in Council’s 2020 master plan, the “revolutionary” upgrade began with the turning of soil earlier this month, with expectations for a “2024 completion”. 

The transformation of the site, located on the corner of Dorrington Road and Overhill Road, is set to cost in excess of $2 million. 

Lake Macquarie City mayor Kay Fraser said she hoped to see the space replicate the success of the city’s first pump track in Redhead with a multi-faceted precinct on the western side of the lake. 

“The Redhead Pump track has shown there’s strong demand for this type of facility in Lake Macquarie,” she explained.

“So, it’s exciting to be able to deliver a youth hub in Rathmines that I’m sure will be equally well received and utilised. 

“Having a pump track, skate park and other outdoor recreation opportunities packed into one space will be a real drawcard for young people in our city and beyond.” 

Rathmines Park is set for an overhaul, with works beginning this month.

The playground upgrade will include a learn to ride area to help younger riders hone their skills before taking on the pump track circuit. 

The inclusion of the multi-court – a quarter size tennis court accommodating a range of hard surface sports – was identified as a key component of the design throughout the community engagement process. 

Seating and sheltered areas, accessible toilets and connecting pathways are also included in the design. 

The project is funded by the NSW Government through the Everyone Can Play and Resources for Regions grant programs, as well as development contributions. 

The design is the work of multi-award-winning company Convic, which has created more than 800 action sports facilities across the world. 

Work on the playground upgrade began on 5 February, with the youth hub to follow later this year.  

The Youth Hub will be across the road from Rathmines Theatre and next to the Parade Ground. 

It will replace the existing skate bowl infrastructure.  

Rathmines Park concept drawings.

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