Local youngster Violet, who celebrated her 4th birthday at the new active space in Stevenson Park, assisted Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes in cutting the ribbon to officially open the inclusive playground alongside members of the local community. Picture Supplied.

$1.2 million inclusive playground opens in Mayfield West

Mayfield residents welcomed the arrival of a new $1.2 million all-abilities playground at Stevenson Park over the weekend.

The new playground features a variety of equipment including swings, a birds nest basket, climbing apparatus, an in-ground trampoline, slides, a basketball hoop and handball court as well as the installation of shade sails, seating, a drinking fountain and barbecue.

The new addition to the Mayfield West community and sporting precinct forms stage one of City of Newcastle’s (CoN) Stevenson Park Masterplan, which was developed in close consultation with the community.

“It’s fantastic to see this new public space open and being used by families and children of all ages and abilities following what has been a stellar example of community consultation,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“The project has greatly benefited from strong advocacy from the community, particularly through the Friends of Stevenson Park.

“This playground and the masterplan as a whole will deliver on our shared vision of Stevenson Park as a welcoming and inclusive community meeting place that offers quality sports facilities within a parkland setting.”

Vicki McCarter from Friends of Stevenson Park welcomed the latest addition.

“It’s been a pleasure to be involved in this project which has provided our community with a way forward through the green heart of our community – Stevenson Park,” she said.

“I, along with my fellow Friends of Stevenson Park members, am extremely pleased with the engagement process which has resulted in an amazing all-abilities playground, safe pathway and new BBQ and shelter area which is perfect for neighbourhood get-togethers.

“Stevenson Park is no longer just home to sporting fields, but is now a vibrant hub for our community to enjoy.”

The Stevenson Park Masterplan will also provide more car parking, a fenced off-leash area for dogs, new footpath connections and upgrades to existing sporting infrastructure.

Written by Newcastle Live

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