Construction work continues on $1.7M Viaduct Park Youth Recreation Hub with work expected to be completed in about four months, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said.

Mr Anderson said the Stronger Country Communities Fund was contributing $999,308 in funding of the cost, with Tamworth Regional Council contributing $738,000.

“This skate park is an investment in the youth of the Tamworth Region. In the park we are creating an active space where kids can play, learn and have fun outdoors in a safe and stimulating environment.

“I want to see our young people get off the couch, put down their screens or consoles and enjoy the outdoors and some exercise. There’s no excuse to say ‘there’s nothing to do in Tamworth’.

“This park will bridge the gap between locations like Newcastle, Dubbo and Coffs Harbour and allow Tamworth to play host to regional competitions – a great economic boost for our Region.

“It will meet the standards set to attract regional skating competition events and will be the only of its kind in the New England/North West area of NSW. 

“The facility includes a modern skate place, an events hill and terraced seating for viewing opportunities, park furniture, LED lighting, irrigation and landscaping.

 “The events hill has been designed to allow range of different uses and configurations for events including skate competitions, concerts, movie nights, outdoors exhibitions and food stalls.

“In addition, there will also be a new toilet block, carpark including designated parking for people with a disability.

“We have seen the success of the Regional Playground and that is because it caters to grandparents, parents and children.

“We need to build on our past success with this new recreation hub and create a facility that is attractive to youth, as well as other members of our community,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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