There are 52 parks located throughout the LGA with 41 of these containing playgrounds. The active sporting recreational space is comprised primarily of sportsgrounds/ovals, of which there are 23.

Parks, playgrounds and sportsgrounds within the Cessnock LGA are assigned a hierarchy being local, district or regional, that reflects the level of facilities, service standards and size of the catchment that attracts users of the park and/or sportsground.

Local Parks

Local parks are generally a minimum size of half a hectare, are within a maximum 10 minute walk from residences, contain basic facilities for short term visits (e.g. picnic shelter and seating, rubbish receptacle, shade etc) and would usually contain a local playground catering for the 0 to teen age bracket.

Examples of Local Parks in the Cessnock LGA
Park Town Park Town
Abernethy Abernethy Manning Cessnock
Alkira Avenue Cessnock Margaret Street Cessnock
ANZAC Reserve Wollombi McFarlane Street Cessnock
Apex Cessnock Meredith Street Weston
Apex Kurri Kurri Norman Brown Greta
Community Hall Bellbird North Cessnock Cessnock
Miners Memorial Bellbird North Rothbury North Rothbury
Bluey Frame Weston Nulkaba Playground Nulkaba
Brunner East Branxton O'Brien Street Cessnock
Chalmers Kurri Kurri Macquarie Avenue Cessnock
Crawfordville/Millfield Millfield Oxford Street Greta
Edgeworth David Abermain Paxton Paxton
Ellalong Ellalong Plantation Reserve Greta
Ernie Dunlop Weston Quarry Street Cessnock
Hall Cessnock Shiraz Close Cessnock
Harle Street Abermain Simm Kurri Kurri
Hedleigh Heddon Greta Slacks Wollombi
H J Sternbeck Cessnock Spion Kop Reserve Spoin Kop
Jefferies Abermain Stanford Merthyr Stanford Merthyr
Lloyd Pelaw Main Thomas Fell Weston
Winter Park Kurri Kurri

District Parks

District parks are generally greater than half a hectare, but less than two hectares, generally cater for a population between 10,000 and 20,000 people, offer a more diverse range of activities than local parks and contain facilities for medium term visits e.g. public toilets, barbecues etc. Many contain a district playground catering for the 0 to teen age group.

District Parks in the Cessnock LGA
Park Town Park Town
Abermain Centenary Abermain Margaret Johns Kurri Kurri
Bailey Abermain Pokolbin Pokolbin
Buckland Avenue Cessnock Rotary Kurri Kurri
Log of Knowledge Kurri Kurri Veteran’s Memorial Cessnock

Regional Parks

Regional parks are generally a minimum size of two hectares, usually cater for a population of over 20,000 people and serve more than one local government area where users will be prepared to drive significant distances. Regional parks typically contain facilities such as a formalised car park with the capacity for bus/coach parking, seating with the capacity for large groups incorporating at least two barbecues, public toilets incorporating male, female and accessible cubicles, good access to public transport links and major roads as well as a regional playground.

Regional Parks in the Cessnock LGA
Park Town Park Town
Bimbadeen Lookout Mount View Miller Park Branxton
Bridges Hill Cessnock Peace Park/Chinamans Hollow Weston
Cessnock Civic Cessnock Poppethead Reserve Kitchener
Hunter River Reserve Greta

Public toilets and barbecues

A number of public toilet facilities and barbecues are provided throughout Council's local, district and regional parks. These are outlined below:


Park Toilets Disabled toilet BBQ
Turner Park Cessnock* Yes Yes Yes on Grass
Mulbring Park Yes No Yes on Grass
Log of Knowledge Park at Kurri Kurri No No Yes on Grass
Rotary Park Kurri Kurri Yes Yes Yes on Grass
Margaret Johns Park Kurri Kurri* Toilet block opposite Kurri Kurri Aquatic Centre Yes Yes on Concrete
Chinamans Hollow/Peace Park Weston* Yes Yes Yes on Concrete
Kitchener Poppethead Yes Yes Yes on Concrete
Crawfordville Hall Millfield* Yes Yes Yes on Concrete
Slacks Park Wollombi* Yes Yes Yes on Grass
North End Park Cessnock* Yes Yes Yes on Concrete
Pokolbin Park* Yes Yes Yes on Grass
Miller Park Branxton* Yes Yes Yes on Grass
Norman Brown Park Yes No Yes on Grass
Veterans Memorial Park Aberdare* Yes Yes Yes on Grass

The facilities marked with an asterisk* have good disabled access. Most have disabled parking, but some may not necessarily have a concrete path extending all the way to the barbecue and toilet block.