Parks and playgrounds

There are hundreds of play spaces across the Central Coast where you can take your child to play safely, climb and express themselves.

Play spaces

Play spaces are outdoor public areas where the activity of play occurs within a defined area.

A play space can have equipment, sculptural or natural explorative features that promote children’s activities. The greatest benefit of a play space is generating unstructured, imaginative activity, as opposed to organised sports or games that are generally undertaken in formal settings.

There are more than 400 parks across the Central Coast that contain equipment and associated soft-fall and park facilities. The remaining parks provide opportunity for unstructured play activity and enjoyment of the outdoors.

Why do we have public play spaces?

Outdoor play is an important learning activity for children as it develops an understanding of self, the child’s abilities, other people and the environment. It promotes social interaction, aids the development of motor skills and provides an opportunity to stimulate a child’s senses in an outdoor environment.

Outdoor physical activities are good for health, burn energy and the space allows the freedom for big movements like running, kicking, jumping, and throwing.

How Council manages play spaces

Central Coast Council has developed a long term programme of works that will see all our play spaces repaired, upgraded or replaced over a 20 year renewal cycle.

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Last updated : Mon 6 Aug 2018