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Bridges Hill Park Playground & Access Improvements

Council is excited to have started works on the Bridges Hill Park Playground and Access Improvement project. The project is about ensuring residents and visitors have better access to Bridges Hill Park and Convent Hill and includes building a regional scale playground. The park is enjoyed by many different people including residents, school children, fitness groups and recreational walkers. Council is committed to ensuring every user of the park has better access to this wonderful recreational space. The project involves two key components, the access improvements and then the Bridges Hill Playground upgrades. 

Access Improvements 

Bridges Hill Park and Convent Hill are significant open spaces with spectacular views across Cessnock to the Brokenback Ranges. Currently access to the space is limited and Council has identified key areas of improvement to improve access and usability. The project will include a new colour coded path, stair access, legibility and way finding. Drainage issues will be mitigated with the terrace walls, rock-lined swales and native revegitation. Viewing platforms, seating, heritage and interpretation signage are also proposed. Council crews are currently undertaking this component of the project. You'll have noticed the installation of sandstone retaining walls and widening of footpath works. The works are funded by the Federal Government's National Stronger Regions Fund.

Bridges Hill Park Playground

Council undertook extensive consultation with a number of key community based groups and service providers to prepare the concept design for the new playground. This new adventure playground will provide a creative and imaginative play space for people of all ages and abilities, ultimately encouraging them to engage with the natural environment. The design components include swings and climbing decks, an enclosed toddler play space, a nature play area with balance beams and timber logs, a children’s bike circuit and obstacle course, shade trees around the bike track, a basketball hoop, yarning circle and sensory bush tucker garden, fitness station, three large shade sails and BBQ and picnic areas. The playground will be built over several stages. Stage one and two of the playground commenced in May 2018. Initial works included the demolition of the existing playground, construction of the bike park, toddler's play area,  BBQ facilities and the children's bicycle track. Three new fitness stations are open to the public. 

The completion of stage one of the project means the playground is open for the public to enjoy. Crews are progressing stage two and three of the project. The team recently completed irrigation installation, additional landscaping and concrete pathways. Plus the installation of some more play equipment, the 'caterpillar springer'.  A focus for the works now includes pedestrian access improvements with significant concreting planned. Landscaping improvements will also continue. The next stages involves construction of public amenities, a yarning circle and more play spaces. The final stage involves car park improvements and improvements to pedestrian access. 

 This project is partly funded by 

  • Federal Government's National Stronger Regions Fund
  • Cessnock Wine Country Lions Club
  • State Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (Rounds 1 and 2)
  •  State Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund
  • State Government’s Resources for Regions                

For more information check out the concept design or contact our Customer Service Team on 02 4993 4100.

For progress of project click; Project Activities and Highlights