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Official Opening Stuart Park Upgrades

Released on: 03 October 2019

Released on: 03 October 2019

A woof of approval at Stuart Park

Families, sporting user groups and dog enthusiasts can now enjoy new facilities at the Stuart Park Sporting Precinct, with the completion of the new children’s playground, perimeter pathway and off-leash dog park.

The new playground caters to a wide age group, and is a great addition for sporting visitors and surrounding residents. The playground is located centrally in the park in close proximity to parking and public toilets.

Children will enjoy a combination of passive and active play experiences, with the playground featuring carved kangaroos, natural play elements such as balancing logs and steppers, a combination play unit with platform and slides, musical play, swings, a 6 metre high lunar climbing net and a wheelchair accessible spinner.

There is also accessible access and amenities, shelters, seating, picnic tables, BBQs, bubblers and rubbish bins to ensure a great day out for families.

Dogs of all sizes will be able to enjoy the new off-leash dog area, with separate fenced areas for small and large dogs who will enjoy a fun range of obstacles and activities.

A 1.8 kilometre perimeter pathway will make getting around easier, and is sure to be popular with runners, walkers and bike riders.

Mayor Peta Pinson said Stuart Park is one of our most visited and popular sporting precincts.

"With our active community, outdoor lifestyle, and love of sport, it is so great to see the continued delivery of such great community facilities, and I’m really looking forward to the next stages coming to life in coming months," Mayor Pinson said.

"It has been great to watch the area transform, and the improvements to Stuarts Park simply would not have been possible without strong partnerships with our local community, sporting and community user groups, and the NSW Government."

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the completion of the playground and off-leash dog park was another exciting milestone in the Stuart Park Sports Precinct project.

"Children of all ages will have the time of their lives in the new playground while local dog owners will have somewhere they can take their best friends to enjoy some fantastic off-leash time."

"$3.192 million is being provided by the NSW Government under the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund with Council contributing $800,000 to the upgrades," Mrs Williams said.

Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said Port Macquarie residents loved their sport and the Stuart Park Sporting Precinct would provide them with a venue they will be proud of.

"Sport is central to living in Port Macquarie. The Stuart Park Sporting Precinct will provide sports clubs and residents with a world-class sport and recreational venue," Mr Lee said.

Council and the NSW Government are investing $4 million into the development of Stuart Park and its sporting infrastructure, to provide premier recreational facilities that will benefit a range of sports, and can be accessed by all ages and abilities.

This funding was allocated in order to attract major local, state and national sporting events, and to provide upgraded recreation and sporting facilities for the local community and sporting user groups.

The upgrades to Stuart Park will continue over coming months with the addition of multi-usage sports courts and lighting, updated amenities and canteens, sports field floodlighting, spectator seating, shade trees, car parking, new storage facilities and improved drainage.

For further information visit pmhc.nsw.gov.au/stuart-park-upgrade