Lake Macquarie City Council puts Bernie Goodwin Memorial Reserve makeover to a community vote

TWICE THE FUN: The upgrade will see the creation of two playgrounds at Bernie Goodwin Memorial Reserve in Morisset. Picture: David Stewart
TWICE THE FUN: The upgrade will see the creation of two playgrounds at Bernie Goodwin Memorial Reserve in Morisset. Picture: David Stewart

LOCALS van vote for the apparatus they’d like to see included in Lake Macquarie City Council’s $1.5 million makeover of the play area at Bernie Goodwin Memorial Reserve, in Morisset.

A two-storey rope play area, wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round and giant spinning pendulum swing are among the options being considered.

A Liberty Swing, which can be used by children in wheelchairs, is a confirmed addition to the upgrade.

Council is seeking community input into the design of two separate new play areas at the reserve – one aimed at kids aged 2 to 5 years, and the other for children aged 6 to 12.

Council’s community planning manager, Wes Hain, said council was also seeking feedback on the selection of new outdoor exercise equipment earmarked for the site.

“We really want to hear from the community to find out what best suits their needs,” Mr Hain said.

“Listening to input from local residents will help ensure we provide a fun and inclusive space that promotes active, healthy lifestyles and a sense of adventure.”

The revamp of the site will include a skate park, outdoor picnic areas, accessible toilet and a new footpath network.

The fitness area will include up to four exercise stations.

News that a Liberty Swing will be included in the makeover had delighted local woman Brooke Armitage.

Ms Armitage regularly cares for her friend Danielle Mathie’s son, Shane, who has cerebral palsy.

Ms Armitage currently drives Shane to the Liberty Swing at Speers Point Park, but said having such a facility in Morisset would be a game changer for local families who have children with disabilities.

“I am so excited. It’s awesome that the council has seen things from our point of view,” Ms Armitage said.

“This will mean not having to travel for an hour.”

Voting on preferred equipment closes on Friday, June 29. Construction is expected to begin by the end of 2018.

For details, and to vote, visit shape.lakemac.com.au

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