There are many attractive and highly valued open spaces across the region, ranging from beautifully landscaped parks to natural areas with outstanding flora and fauna exhibits. Many of these open spaces have been established in suburban areas making them easily accessible to local residents and visitors. These parks and gardens have significant recreational value, from providing room and space for walking and exercise to hosting weddings, parties and concerts for thousands of people.
The Tamworth Regional Playground at Bicentennial Park, Tamworth and the Tamworth Adventure Playground at Tamworth Marsupial Park are the region's two newest community recreation facilities.
They are both helping to establish the region as the playground capital of NSW because of the range of facilities and type of experience they offer.
Tamworth Regional Playground
is setting a new standard in regional NSW for community parks, with its industry-leading design catering for all ages and all abilities and incorporating state-of-the-art technology including free WiFi access.
The German-engineered play structure, Skywalk, is the stand out feature. It is the largest in the southern hemisphere and the only one located outside of Sydney.
The playground has play areas for kids of all ages and abilities, a stream-like water feature flowing down an embankment with a three-metre sway bridge and café/restaurant with an adjacent outdoor water play area and play town with 'roads', a cubby house and petrol station.
There is a bike track with a boardwalk bridge, junior and senior fitness circuits, embankment slides, dual flying fox, mammoth swing, wheelchair accessible carousel, sand play area, rhythm wall, Touchwood Totems, spinner and climbing equipment. There are free picnic and barbecue areas to ensure the playground is a place where families can enjoy the outdoors and make use of other additional features such as bike racks, seating, shelter structures, grassed areas and three water bottle refill and drinking stations.
Click here to download a map of the playground.
Tamworth Adventure Playground
at Tamworth Marsupial Park offers a play experience unlike any other plus a chance to see native animals.
The playground - which was built by community volunteers in July and August 2015 in a effort coordinated by a Council-supported committee - includes one-of-a-kind components designed through input from local residents.
It uses tried and tested timber framework from Leathers & Associates, a leading playground design company in the United States, and incorporates a native animal theme and accessible play areas for children of all abilities. The design includes components which encourage fine-motor skill play, gross- motor skill play and imaginative play.
There are two distinct age-appropriate areas - one for those aged between one and five years and the other for those aged between five and 12.
The Marsupial Park is run by the Friends of Marsupial Park, a Council-supported committee. The park has kangaroos, peacocks, cockatoos, emus and an extensive bird aviary. There are also barbecue facilities and amenities. There is no entry fee but there is a donations box.
The Tamworth Bridge to Bridge Children's Bird Walk was developed by Tamworth Birdwatchers Inc to engage children in the fun of discovering local native birds.
The region has many well established and maintained parks. This has been made possible, in no small way, through the support of various community service groups, which contribute significantly to the recreational and landscaped areas of the region. The parks have a wide range of facilities, such as barbeque and playground equipment and some of them can be booked for private functions.
Some of the region's parks and gardens are available for hire for community based events and private functions such as weddings.