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