Students from Belmont North Public School were on hand to put a new playground at Luskin Way to the test when the Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, unveiled the equipment this morning.

The $150,000 park upgrade is providing a range of modern play equipment designed for children aged between 2 and 12, including a four-metre-high Sky Climber, three-bay swing with an infant seat and a section that includes a see-saw, surfboard rocker and accessible rocker.

All play areas have a rubber base to provide safe and soft landings for active kids and the playground features an asphalt handball court.

The park was designed with input from the local community, especially the handball court, as kids are currently playing in the street.

Cr Fraser said the new playground provides much-needed recreational facilities for local families.

“Council has a strong emphasis on delivering community infrastructure that promotes healthy lifestyles and provides opportunities for socialisation,” Cr Fraser said.

“The local school children here today have given the playground the thumbs up and, judging by their enthusiasm, I expect it to become a well-used facility.”

The playground is one of three that Lake Macquarie City Council is upgrading with the support of a $150,000 grant from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) through the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund. Construction is soon to begin on the other two playgrounds at Bolton Point Park, Bolton Point and Edwards Park, Booragul.