Parks team prepped for change of season

Toreen Denyer playing junior hockey at Cook Park in 2017. Photo Anne Keen
Toreen Denyer playing junior hockey at Cook Park in 2017. Photo Anne Keen

It’s the time of year where cricket bats are swapped for hockey sticks, and MidCoast Council’s parks team has already been around the grounds getting them in tip top condition for our favourite winter sports.

And with over 60 full-size playing fields to attend to across the MidCoast, preparing to swing into the new season is no mean feat!

Our active lifestyle and love of team sports will see competitions starting up around the MidCoast in some of our favourite winter pastimes that include rugby league, soccer, netball and hockey.

“Sport is a huge part of our local culture, and we take pride in ensuring our facilities are in the best possible condition before the season starts”, Council’s co-ordinator of parks and reserves, Wayne Hull said.

“We also service 86 playgrounds and 14 skateparks across the region, so every taste is catered for as we head into the colder weather”.

As the winter sports facilities heat-up, local swimming pools are starting to close their doors for the winter spell.

The final day of operation for outdoor pools at Gloucester, Krambach, Nabiac, Tuncurry, Bulahdelah, Tea Gardens and Stroud is Sunday April 29 (including opening on Anzac Day), however due to the end of daylight saving they are now closing at 6pm daily.

The Wingham Memorial Swimming Pool, and Manning Aquatic Leisure Centre’s outdoor pool both closed over the Easter long weekend, and will reopen on October 1.

For more information about recreational facilities throughout the MidCoast region, visit