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Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park: Morisset’s new playground is open!

Have you heard? The Bernie Goodwin kids playground at Morisset has opened its gates to the kids of Lake Macquarie after a $2 million face lift. Funded by the NSW government and Lake Macquarie City Council, the playground opened this week. Mayor Cr Kay Fraser was there to join in the celebration and it really was a celebration.The kids couldn’t take the smiles off their faces as they tested it out. This space has been designed to be welcoming to everyone in the community.

Three zones of fun

You can’t miss this new playground with its vibrant colour scheme. The space has been separated into three zones, one for younger children, one for older children and another area with outdoor fitness equipment for adults. Kids will enjoy scaling the climbing nets, using the stand up seesaw, having fun with their friends in the giant swing or spinning on the roundabout. With a variety swing that accommodates wheelchair users this playground has something for everyone.

All-inclusive junior playground (2-5 years of age)

  • Multi-play station
  • Swing with pod and inclusive seat
  • The rowing boat rocker
  • Inclusive spinner
  • Interactive-play panels
  • Interactive tubophone

All-inclusive senior playground (6-12 years of age)

  • Pyramid triple net
  • Tornado basket swing
  • Liberty swing
  • Climbing equipment
  • Double perch rocker



Outdoor exercise equipment

Dust off your joggers and get out your fitness gear, because this new fitness equipment planned for Bernie Goodwin Park will inspire even the most reluctant of us. I love how fitness for adults is also included in our park redesigns. The kids can’t have all the fun. This new fitness centre will include a workout station, multi bench, incline sit-up bench, as well as an in-ground body pulls and push-up section.

“Play is such an important part of a child’s development helping to improve their balance, fitness, and strength. And, as they play with others, they learn valuable negotiation skills, concepts of sharing and friendships, contributing to their emotional and social development,” Cr Fraser said. 

“Providing great outdoor spaces for our community to get outdoors, be active, have fun and connect with other people in their community is vital.” 

Still to come

The upgrade to the children’s playground is just one part of the Bernie Goodwin Memorial Master Plan. The second stage is building a new skate park. This will excite many of our local kids. The skate park should commence building in the first half of 2021. This will transform this park into an exciting recreation precinct. We can’t wait to let you know once this area has been completed and you can head down with your skateboards and scooters to test it out.

Covering asbestos concerns

The words asbestos and playground in the same article, sure do ring alarm bells as a parent. The discovery only happened once the playground was already closed. When contractors were digging footings underground, they uncovered the illegal dumping. Prior to this point, the asbestos was not in contact with anyone using the playground and posed no risk. The council worked with contamination consultants on a remediation strategy to address the asbestos at the site.

The best solution found was to cap the site with more than 3500m3 of soil. This will ensure the asbestos is buried and poses no risk. A plan to address the established trees was also considered so they could continue to flourish. Sandstone barriers and large stones around the trees would allow them to breathe. The sandstone barriers have also doubled as seats for the visitors.

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