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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Thomas H Halton Park’s $4.5m upgrade in full swing

Work has started on a $4.5 million transformation of Thomas H Halton Park in Croudace Bay.

The development, guided by the Thomas H Halton Park Master Plan, involves the construction of a new accessible play space, amenities block, outdoor fitness equipment and exercise circuit, and fenced and unfenced off-leash dog exercise areas.

Lake Macquarie City mayor Kay Fraser said there was so much to look forward to as the master plan works begin this week on the shores of Lake Macquarie.

“It was developed closely with the Lake Macquarie community,” she explained.

“So, I am excited to see the works get underway.

“This project will deliver a new and exciting lakeside space for residents and visitors to our City to enjoy for years to come.”

The centre piece of the foreshore’s transformation is a new accessible play space featuring an accessible carousel, giant nest swing, water play area, custom ship and sensory play equipment.

Cr Fraser said ensuring Lake Macquarie City offered people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds access to play spaces was essential.

“What an amazing addition to Thomas H Halton Park, this new playground will be unique, exciting, fun and most of all accessible,” she stated.

“I imagine many hours will be spent here by local families once the project is complete.

“Daily play and social connection are very important to children’s development.

“Accessible play equipment not only helps young people with disability to socialise and make new friends, it also allows them to stay active.”

The inclusive play space at Thomas H Halton Park, jointly funded by the NSW Government’s Everyone Can Play grant and council, will see a variety of accessible play equipment installed as part of the ongoing implementation of the park’s master plan.

Council’s manager assets management Brendan Callander said a key feature of the playground was its accessibility for kids and families of all abilities.

“It’s great that council can provide accessible play spaces that provide connection and social benefits, as well as learning through fun and play, which is so beneficial for our kids,” he added.

“We’re looking forward to getting construction underway and we hope to have the project completed in time for the summer school holidays later this year.”

The project will include:

  • Construction of a completely fenced play space with accessible latches on gates at multiple entry points;
  • An accessible carousel, giant nest swing, water play area and custom ship;
  • Sensory play equipment;
  • Quiet spaces for children to have away from busy areas of the play space;
  • New pathways, picnic shelters, tables and barbecues;
  • Outdoor fitness equipment and exercise circuit;
  • New fenced off-leash dog exercise area in addition to the existing unfenced dog exercise area;
  • New turf and natural play elements including sandstone logs and boulders;
  • New accessible amenities building; and
  • Formalised car park with line-marking.

Construction on the Thomas H Halton Park Master Plan is expected to be completed in December.

Works are also underway on a new plaza skate park, another key feature of the proposal adopted in June 2017.

The skate park is expected to be completed by mid-2021.

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