New playground for Wallsend a winner
The satisfaction on the faces of Wallsend children was clear this week as they made first use of the city's newest playground.
I took great delight watching just how much joy a small group of student leaders from Wallsend South Public School shared in the new facility on Cressington Way, Wallsend.
Just a day into its new life, it was clear to see it's already having a positive impact on the community.
The timber and steel-structured playground, which includes a bushwood tepee tower with stainless steel slide, shop counter, scaling wall and rope net climber, is part of the city's playground replacement program.
Under this annual renewal scheme, the City's Parks and Projects teams completely overhaul old, outdated equipment replacing them with more modern materials that meet ever-rising standards and service expectations.
Monday's opening takes the total number of playgrounds replaced in the past four years to 14 across 11 different suburbs.
This equates to more than $5 million worth of fun new facilities for the community.
We've also recently celebrated the opening of the South Stockton Active Hub along the Stockton foreshore, and an adventure playground at Richley Reserve as a part our ongoing commitment to make Blackbutt Reserve one of the Hunter's premier attractions.