Bridges Hill Park playground & access improvements

  • Project typeInfrastructure and park upgrade
  • Project scheduleThe project is expected to be completed in late 2020
Completed Bridges Hill Park with commissioned mural by Silky Street Art

Cessnock City Council is nearing completion of the Bridges Hill Park Playground and Access Improvement project. The project is about ensuring our residents and visitors have better access to Bridges Hill Park and Convent Hill. 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 the playground upgrades.

Access improvements

Bridges Hill Park and Convent Hill are significant open spaces with spectacular views across Cessnock to the Brokenback Ranges. However, access to the space was limited and Council identified several key areas where access and usability could be improved.

Council has now completed footpath widening, construction of colour coded concrete pathways, stairway and handrail installation, wayfinding signage, a Yarning Circle, and sandstone retaining walls. Garden edging and turf have been installed, and drainage issues have been mitigated with terrace walls, rock-lined swales and native revegetation. Viewing platforms, seating, heritage and interpretation signage works are currently being completed.

These 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 a concept design for the new playground. This new adventure playground provides a creative and imaginative play space for people of all ages and abilities, ultimately encouraging greater engagement 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 is now completed and has been built over several stages. Stages one and two of the playground commenced in 2018 and 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.

The completion of construction stages two, three and four mean the playground is now open for the public to enjoy. The team have completed the installation of all turf and playground equipment and finalised the sky tower with shade sails, a slide and platforms. Construction of the amenities block has also been completed. Sewer connection to allow for amenities use will take place in November 2020.

The focus for the team now is finalising the car park upgrade, installing a sandstone wall along Yango Street, additional lookout works and more minor 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