Basketball courts replace the disused tennis facilities.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes helps local players opens the city’s new basketball courts at National Park.
The courts are alongside the recently opened green space where the former bowling club building once stood.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the continued revival of the space within National Park has occurred at the perfect time.
After demolition of the former bowling club building, we created new green space in this inner city park for the community to enjoy,” the Lord Mayor said.
The addition of the basketball courts makes the location the perfect place for our community to get outdoors to participate in recreation and exercise as the weather continues to warm up.
The Lord Mayor said the long-term future of the area would be determined through community consultation on the upcoming National Park Plan of Management.
National Park is a unique site in Newcastle and will play an important part in the liveability of our city centre as the population grows and the CBD moves to the west,” Cr Nelmes said.
National Park is one of Newcastle’s largest and oldest sportsgrounds and open space reserves, covering over 20 hectares and hosts a range of community facilities including sportsgrounds, netball courts, athletics track, and high school.
The northwest corner of the park was formerly home to tennis courts and a bowling club, which was later occupied by charity Life Without Barriers until 2017.
In 2019 City of Newcastle began to provide safe public access to the northwest corner of the park, including demolishing the Life Without Barriers building and turfing the area for passive recreation. Investigations are underway for additional basketball courts at the site.
The National Park Plan of Management review will seek community consultation in November with a draft plan exhibited in early 2021.