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3 August 2022

New tennis court and playground at Chillingham

Family-friendly park brings additional vibrancy to rural village

Chillingham playground

The new tennis court, half basketball court and playground at Chillingham.

Mayor of Tweed Chris Cherry

A new $290,000 playground and upgraded tennis court has opened at Chillingham much to the delight of local residents.

The park has been designed to be fun for all ages and abilities and includes accessible equipment for babies, toddlers, juniors, teens and even adults.

The park was designed to reflect the village's diverse community and integrates the local character of Chillingham and its farming history.

Council’s Recreation Planner Jodie Hewett said it was great to be able to partner with the local community to create a fantastic new park where everyone is welcome.

“We asked our community to choose their favourite design, and now we’re pleased to announce the new park is open with lots of fun to be had,” Ms Hewett said.

“This was a high priority project in Council’s Open Space Strategy 2019-2029 and during community consultation, the community asked for an upgrade to the tennis courts, a playground and more youth activities.

"It’s great to bring this new community space to the residents of Chillingham - especially in Local Government Week.

“A big concern for our rural communities in the past has been the lack of facilities so being able to provide more options for residents and young families to enjoy is very rewarding.”

The rural-themed park features:

  • an upgraded tennis court that can be used for tennis and netball

  • a half basketball court

  • new play equipment

  • built shade structure

  • scooter track

  • new basket swing

  • accessible picnic table and seating

  • landscaping

  • shade trees

  • fencing and an entrance gate.

Community input was incorporated into the project following engagement activities including a survey and an information session held at Chillingham in 2021 which informed the final design.

Council received a $290,000 grant from the Australian Government’s Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program to upgrade the park and tennis courts.

While the park is now open and ready to be enjoyed, line marking on the courts will still need to be completed over the coming weeks.

Find out more about the project and its history at yoursaytweed.com.au/chillingham

Chillingham playground

The new playground at Chillingham aims to appeal to children of all ages.

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Photo 1: Chillingham tennis court
Caption: The new tennis court, half basketball court and playground at Chillingham.

Photo 2: Chillingham playground
Caption: The new playground at Chillingham aims to appeal to children of all ages.

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