More than $10 million is being invested in upgrading facilities at Newcastle’s largest recreation reserve, with four new basketball courts, the latest project to be completed at the national park.
Work to increase the number of basketball courts and continue the reactivation of the former tennis court site near the corner of National Park and Parry Streets has recently been completed, with a free community celebration to be held on the courts on Sunday 24 April.
Newcastle Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the national park is an important part of Newcastle’s recreational and sporting landscape and improvements to facilities are being made to improve the usability of the compound.
“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,” said Cr Nelmes.
“The City of Newcastle is committed to providing an even better sporting experience for players and spectators by investing in the 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 said the addition of basketball courts, seating and green space are among projects currently underway or recently completed within the national park grounds.
“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 solidify Newcastle’s position as a world-class events city by attracting elite AFL and cricket matches,” said Cr Clausen.
“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 .