Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes at Wallsend's Federal Park with locals Jimmy, Liana and Liana. Picture: Supplied.
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Wallsend Active Hub works to kick off next month

Construction on Newcastle’s second-ever Active Hub is set to commence in Wallsend next month.

The $1.5 million Wallsend Active Hub will transform Federal Park into a sport and rec wonderland, and follows the completion of the Stockton Active Hub in 2019.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the Active Hub’s concept plans had been received positively by the Wallsend community.

“Earlier this year, we asked the community to provide feedback into the concept plan for Wallsend Active Hub, and the response was overwhelmingly positive,’ Cr Nelmes said. 

“With a new playspace featuring equipment for a variety of ages, pump track for bikes, scooters and skateboards, multi-sports courts allowing for basketball and futsal, rebound wall, climbing wall and fitness stations, Wallsend Active Hub is set to transform the Western Corridor’s active recreation scene.”

Concept designs for the Wallsend Active Hub. Pictures: Supplied.

Councillor Matthew Byrne added that the Active Hub would attract people from across the LGA and beyond.

“We heard that the community was eager to see additional shade incorporated into the plans, and in response, we’ve added more shade shelters, as well as tree planting which will provide natural shade throughout the space,” Cr Byrne said. 

“Wallsend Active Hub will cater for community members with accessibility requirements, with a new connecting pathway and an all-abilities spinning carousel in the playspace. A barbecue area and toilets will also be delivered as part of phase two in the future.  

Phase one construction of the active recreation areas is scheduled for completion in July 2022. 

The project is supported by a $500,000 grant of the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program. 

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