Lake Macquarie City Council starts work on $1.4-million upgrade to Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park, Morisset

FUN STUFF: The upgrade at Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park will feature the creation of two playground areas - one for children aged 2 to 5, and one for children aged 5 to 12. Picture: Supplied
FUN STUFF: The upgrade at Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park will feature the creation of two playground areas - one for children aged 2 to 5, and one for children aged 5 to 12. Picture: Supplied

WORK has started on the $1.4 million upgrade to Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park, in Morisset.

The work will include construction of new playground equipment, outdoor fitness stations, and new public barbecues.

The first stage of work, which began this week, involves demolition of the existing outdated playground at the park.

It would be replaced by modern, all-inclusive play equipment, the Lake Macquarie City Council said.

Council conducted an online community survey earlier this year to determine what kind of equipment locals most wanted to see at the revamped site.

Their input helped determine the new configuration, including a liberty swing (for people in wheelchairs), a multi-play station, double-bay swing, climbing equipment and a rope playground across two separate sections of the park catering for different age groups.

One section will cater for children aged 2 to 5, while the second section will be for children aged 5 to 12.

Council will also install new outdoor fitness equipment, including a dip station, balancing bench, fitness ladder and monkey bars, as well as new picnic tables and covered barbecues.

The old playground (pictured) at Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park has been demolished and removed. Work has started on the $1.4m upgrade. Picture: David Stewart

The old playground (pictured) at Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park has been demolished and removed. Work has started on the $1.4m upgrade. Picture: David Stewart

Council’s acting manager of community planning, Andrew Bryant, said the new facilities would provide a modern play space for families in Morisset to play and socialise.

The works comprise the first stage of the Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park Master Plan.

The project is jointly funded by the state government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund and local development contributions.

“The master plan will deliver new and improved facilities to better serve the greater Morisset community,” Mr Bryant said.

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“In addition to the new, larger playground, the plan also features a skate park, upgraded toilet amenities, native tree plantings and open space for a range of recreational activities.”

The playground area is now closed for construction and is expected to reopen in April, 2019.

Nearby playgrounds can be found at:

  • Wyee Point Playground – Wymeera Circuit, Wyee Point;
  • Pendlebury Park – Grand Parade, Bonnells Bay;
  • Cooranbong Park – Freemans Drive, Cooranbong; and
  • Bonnells Bay Community Centre – Fishing Point Road, Bonnells Bay.

Mr Bryant said council was seeking feedback from the community on the style of skate park to be built at Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park.

Residents can share their ideas at shape.lakemac.com.au/skate-lake-mac. Construction is expected to begin on the skate park in the 2019-2020 financial year.

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