City of Newcastle delivers million-dollar sports and recreation hub for community

29 Jul 2023

City of Newcastle (CN) has transformed Adamstown’s Myers Park into a multi-use sporting hub, with improved playing surfaces and new recreation facilities catering for both clubs and community members.

The $1.25 million project was delivered by CN in collaboration with Broadmeadow Magic Youth Football Club, which successfully secured a $1 million grant from the NSW Government under the Greater Cities and Regional Sport Facility Fund.

The improvements at Myers Park have enhanced the active recreation options in Newcastle’s eastern suburbs, with a basketball half-court, a bat ball court, fitness stations, a 3m wide running and walking pathway, covered tiered seating, perimeter fencing and improved playing surface and lighting layout for football and cricket.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the project was delivered under stage one of the Adamstown Park Masterplan, reinforcing City of Newcastle’s commitment to delivering enriched neighbourhoods with spaces that bring people together for active living and social connection.

“We know how much our community values open spaces and their local sportsgrounds, which is why it is vital we continue to deliver important projects such as Myers Park and ensure everyone has sufficient and equal opportunities to access a variety of sport and recreation facilities now and into the future,” Cr Nelmes said.

"We're very proud to have worked closely with the community, in particular Broadmeadow Magic Youth Football Club, to deliver this fantastic $1.25 million update at Myers Park."

The Myers Park project supports a key action in CN’s Strategic Sports Plan (2020) to renew and upgrade existing sportsgrounds to improve their functionality, with the project delivering improved field layout, drainage, irrigation and lighting layout.

President of the Macedonian Community Newcastle, Sash Stojcevski said Myers Park has been a cherished space for football enthusiasts and the broader community for decades.

“We aimed to create a permanent home for our senior community football club, the Newcastle Suns, while also supporting our long-term primary users being our junior teams from the Broadmeadow Magic Youth Football Club,” Mr Stojcevski said.

President of the Newcastle Suns Football Club, Tony Velovski said the transformation has provided an enhanced facility for their community football operations.

“This fantastic facility now meets our Zone Premier League home game requirements and allows our club to host together with the junior base a venue for the final series and other regional tournaments for many years to come,” Mr Velovski said.

President of the Broadmeadow Magic Youth Football Club, Joseph Lyovic emphasised the community-driven aspect of the project, with facilities catering to cricket, running clubs, and various passive recreational activities.

"The redevelopment of Myers Park was always about activating the park and creating a sports and community active hub in a more structured environment,” Mr Lyovic said.

“The redeveloped Park will be a thriving community gathering spot, fostering a sense of unity and providing ample opportunities for physical activity, social interaction, and leisure. The official opening was a joyous celebration of community spirit and the successful collaboration between the Macedonian Community Newcastle and the City of Newcastle.”