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GAME ON! Upgraded playgrounds open in Mayfield and New Lambton!

Mayfield and New Lambton’s littlest citizens have another reason to smile with the City of Newcastle (CoN) opening two upgraded playgrounds in the suburbs over the weekend.

The two upgraded playgrounds, at Mayfield’s Dangar Park and New Lambton’s Novocastrian Park, are part of a sizeable $9.1 million council investment in local parks, playgrounds and sporting and recreation facilities.

As part of the upgrade, the former Novocastrian Park playground was replaced with new features catering to a range of age groups including a rope climber, swings and a slide.

The newly upgraded Dangar Park playground was expanded to include a new climbing frame and rocker, and a larger swing set to replace the former set which was damaged during storms in 2020.

“Our local parks and playgrounds are places that our community can come together to relax and interact,” Cr Nelmes said.

“I’m delighted that these two upgraded playgrounds at Dangar Park and Novocastrian Park are ready for play, and the turnout at our community openings demonstrate the importance that public spaces play within local neighbourhoods,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

The work is part of a $1.7 million investment into local playgrounds that has, this year, facilitated makeovers of the King Edward Park and Tighes Hill Gross Street Reserve playgrounds.

“We also delivered a new $1.2 million inclusive playground complete with seating, shelter and BBQ facilities in Mayfield’s Stevenson Park in November 2020,” Cr Nelmes said.

Fletcher’s Kurraka Reserve is set to benefit from additional fitness stations which will be installed in the coming months, and planning for a new active hub in Wallsend has also commenced.