The addition of four new basketball courts is the latest in a $10 million overhaul of facilities at Newcastle’s largest recreational reserve.

National Park is one of Newcastle’s largest and oldest sports grounds and open space reserves, covering over 20 hectares and is currently home to a range of community facilities, parklands and sports grounds. 

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes with Newcastle High School students at National Park basketball courts. Photo source: City of Newcastle

City of Newcastle announced work was now completed at the park to increase the number of basketball courts and the re-activation of the former tennis court site near the corner of National Park and Parry Streets.

Newcastle Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes, said the facility upgrades were being provided to enhance the usability of the precinct. 

“National Park has long been used for various sports and activities, and each weekend hundreds of players flock to the park to participate in community sport and passive recreation activities, so it’s important that the facilities are upgraded to meet modern standards,” Cr Nelmes said. 

She added that City of Newcastle was committed to delivering an improved sporting experience for players and spectators by investing in facilities located throughout National Park. 

“Based on the popularity of the two existing basketball courts, we’ve now increased the offering for local basketballers, installed seating for spectators and expanded green space at the site for all to enjoy,” Cr Nelmes said.

“I look forward to seeing our community come together as we officially open the additional courts next month, and until then, enjoy the renewed space.” 

Newcastle Deputy Lord Mayor, Declan Clausen, said the addition of basketball courts, seating and green space were among the projects currently underway or recently completed.

“Stage one of an extensive redevelopment of the historic No.1 Sportsground is nearing completion, and planning is underway for a potential second stage subject to an NSW Government funding application, which will help solidify Newcastle’s position as a world-class events city by attracting elite AFL and cricket matches,” Cr Clausen said. 

“We’re also upgrading the playing fields at No. 5 and No. 6 Sportsgrounds to improve the playing surface for local football fixtures, refurbishing the grandstand at Fearnley Dawes Athletics Track, and Cooks Hill Football Club has resurfaced the field located within the Athletics Track grounds.” 

Additional work is underway to upgrade the 30 competition netball courts at National Park as part of a project funded by the Newcastle Netball Association and delivered with support from City of Newcastle. 

Residents are encouraged to come along to a free community event at National Park basketball courts on April 24, featuring family-friendly activities between 10 am and 12 pm.

Maia O’Connor

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