New park designed with wow factor


Monday 27 April, 2015

A signature piece of play equipment, the first to be installed in regional NSW, will be a feature of the multi-million dollar Tamworth Regional Playground under construction in Bicentennial Park, Tamworth.

Skywalk - a German-engineered play structure featuring three giant slides, four towers and multiple access points – is guaranteed to become a central attraction of the playground.

With a rope-like climbing structure extending up to 9.1 metres high, a footprint of 38 metres by 23 metres and slides measuring 13 metres long, the Skywalk has been recently added to the playground design.

Tamworth Regional Mayor Col Murray said the project has evolved significantly since its initial design was made public in September last year.

“There is a high level of community interest in the project and Council has been bowled over by the level of support it had received from local businesses through donating their expertise, services, products and equipment – this has meant the facility has become bigger and better than we ever imagined,” he said.

“It has allowed Council has been able to maximise the use of the funds we have for the playground and we are getting amazing value for money for our community.

“About $150,000 worth of goodwill has driven the project further.

“There is no doubt Tamworth Regional Playground will have a real wow factor which will not only make it a much used facility by local residents but result in more
visitors from neighbouring north west communities and further afield.”

Preliminary site work started on the new playground in September last year. The initial design included a bike track, playground areas for children of all ages and abilities, junior and senior fitness circuits and a dual flying fox.

The elements which have since been added to its design include the Skywalk, shade sails, a waterfall with a 3-metre sway bridge over it, a boardwalk over the bike track, five closed circuit television units, enhanced lighting, laser cut steel panel fencing fronting Kable Avenue and a 37-space off-street car park. (See concept drawings below)

New cafe/ restaurant

There is also a cafe/restaurant created through a Public Private Partnership. Single Builders won a tender to build the facility incorporating a water feature on the site of an existing amenities block. Jay Lynch and Dwone Jones, who own 360 Fitness Club, will lease the building and operate it as Hopscotch Restaurant. (See concept drawings below)

"We are incredibly excited to be offering a new dimension to living in Tamworth with Hopscotch Restaurant and Bar - a lively place to eat, drink and socialise with family and friends in a beautiful parkside location," Mr Lynch said.

"Hopscotch will be a family-friendly venue that focuses on excellent coffee, sophisticated drinks and a delicious modern Australian menu that takes advantage of fresh, locally sourced produce."

800_Tamworth Regional Playground artists impression showing Hopscotch Restaurant and piazza area
Tamworth Regional Playground artist's impression showing Hopscotch Restaurant and piazza area.

State funds

Tamworth Regional Playground is funded by a $1.1 million NSW Government ClubsGrant along with the same amount from Council. Council has committed $340,000 in Section 94 funds to the project ($200,000 for the playground and $140,000 for the Family Social Function Area) plus $760,000 from the sale of Prince Of Wales Park.

The installation of underground services – stormwater drainage, closed circuit television lines, electrical cables, irrigation system and water supply lines - is well underway on the site at the southern end of Bicentennial Park.

The demolition of the existing amenities block will start in May. The development application for the new cafe/restaurant has already been approved but work will not start until a construction certificate is issued.

Landscaping of the waterfall area with appropriate species will start in mid-May.

The project is on schedule to be completed by the end of October this year.

800_Tamworth Regional Playground artists impression showing the fitness area on the left and childrens bike track on the right
Tamworth Regional Playground artist's impression showing the fitness area on the left and children's bike track on the right, near the
Roderick Street end of Kable Avenue.

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Tamworth Regional Playground artist's impression showing the children's playground fronting Kable Avenue showing with the flying fox
and Skywalk on the right.

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