Bridges Hill Park playground & access improvements

  • Project typeInfrastructure and park upgrade
  • Project scheduleThe project is expected to be completed in 2020.
Image of Bridges Hill stage one opening 2019

Cessnock City Council is currently carrying out works to complete 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. Access to the space is currently 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 footpaths.

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 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 has been 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.

The completion of stage one, two and three of the project means the playground is open for the public to enjoy. Crews are progressing stage four of the project. The team have now completed the installation of all playground equipment and are finalising the sky tower with the shade sails, slide and platforms now installed.

The focus for the team now is the finalising the construction of public amenities, 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