Work has begun on a $1.4m playground and facilities upgrade to Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park in Newcastle Street.

The $1.4 million works includes children’s play equipment, outdoor fitness stations, and new public barbecues.

The first stage involves demolition of the existing outdated playground replaced by modern, all-inclusive play equipment.

Lake Macquarie City 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, multi-play station, double bay swing, climbing equipment and rope playground across two separate sections catering for different age groups.

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

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.

Council’s Acting Manager 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 NSW 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.

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

· 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 Construction is expected to begin on the skate park in the 2019-2020 financial year.