Cessnock Council calls for comment on Bridges Hill Playground design

A draft plan to upgrade Cessnock’s Bridges Hill Park to a themed regional playground is now on exhibition for public comment.

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, a basketball hoop, a yarning circle and sensory bush tucker garden, a fitness station; and barbecue and picnic areas.

The park is located in Yango Street, and its upgrade forms part of the Cessnock Civic Precinct Revitalisation project.

Cessnock City Council received a $950,000 dollar-for-dollar grant from the Federal Government in December 2015 for the revitalisation project.

Council undertook extensive consultation with a number of key community-based groups and service providers, along with local school children, to prepare the concept design for the new playground.

The new adventure playground is designed to provide a creative and imaginative play space for people of all ages and abilities, encouraging them to engage with the natural environment.

Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent said the playground will be fantastic for visitors and locals alike.

“I am very pleased to see the design incorporates Aboriginal theming and will be designed around aspects of our Wonnarua culture,” he said.

The draft concept design will be on public exhibition until October 13. It can be viewed on council’s website and administration building, or at Cessnock and Kurri Kurri libraries.

Submissions are due by 4pm on October 13.

The current Bridges Hill playground.

The current Bridges Hill playground.