Getting out to shoot hoops in Newcastle just got a whole lot easier after four new basketball courts were unveiled at the national park this morning.
Joined by pupils from Newcastle High School, Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes opened the facility while the teenagers tested the courts.
Located at the corner of National Park and Parry streets, the site is just part of a $10 million upgrade to the city’s largest recreation preserve.
To celebrate the end of construction, a free community event will be held on Sunday, April 24.
Cr Nelmes said the national park was an essential part of the city’s recreational and sporting landscape – improvements are underway to improve the usability of the precinct.
“The national park has long been used for a variety of sports and activities, and every weekend hundreds of players flock to the park to participate in passive community sports and recreational activities, so it is important that the facilities be upgraded to meet modern standards,” she said. noted.
“[We are] is committed to providing an even better sporting experience for players and spectators by investing in facilities within the National Park grounds.
“Based on the popularity of the two existing basketball courts, we have now increased the supply for local basketball players, installed spectator seating and expanded green space on site for all to enjoy.
“I look forward to seeing our community come together as we officially open the additional courts next month, and until then, enjoy the renewed space.”
Newcastle Deputy Mayor Declan Clausen added that completing the Courts is only part of a bigger project.
“The first stage of a major redevelopment of the iconic and historic No 1 Sports Ground is nearing completion and planning is underway for a potential second stage subject to an application for funding from the NSW Government, which will help to cement Newcastle’s position as a world-class events city by attracting elite AFL and cricket matches,” he said.
“We are also upgrading the playing fields at No 5 and No 6 Sports Grounds to improve the playing surface for local football matches, refurbishing the grandstand at Fearnley Dawes Athletics Track and Cooks Hill Football Club resurfaced on the ground located in the athletics track. land.”
Work began in December to upgrade the National Park’s 30 competition netball pitches in a project funded by the Newcastle Netball Association and carried out with support from the City of Newcastle.
The National Park is one of Newcastle’s largest and oldest sports grounds and open space reserves, covering over 20 hectares and is currently home to a range of community facilities, parks and sports grounds .
To find out more about all the projects underway to provide a better sporting experience at the national park, visit newcastle.nsw.gov.au.
The free community event at the national park basketball courts will take place between 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday, April 24.
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