To a generation of Mudgee kids, the Rocket Park - ahem - Lions Park is a true icon and the source of many fond memories.
Depending how old you are, you might remember that there was a more impressive rocket in the park once upon a time but it was replaced in later years with something less deadly.
According to a report which will be discussed at Council's next meeting on Wednesday, July 17, we might be getting a newer and better rocket installed right next to the old one.
The detailed report as it appears on Council's website
In the 1960's engineer Dick West constructed and installed a playground rocket at Blackheath, this was one of 13 to be initially installed. They were so popular that he was commissioned to construct another 37 that would be installed across Australia.
One of these rockets were installed in Lions Park (affectionately known as Rocket Park for this reason) Robertson Street, Mudgee. In 1997 most of the rockets were pulled out as they were not considered to meet playground safety standards.
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Mudgee's rocket remained but modified with the upper levels closed off and the slide moved to the first level. It is proposed to install a new rocket keeping the existing one. As part of these upgrades, the old tractor would be removed due to safety concerns.
A similar project was undertaken at Moree with a new rocket installed, a photo attached. Similar projects have been undertaken at Blackheath and Chatswood, both have had rockets reengineered and reinstalled.
There is a budget allocation of $125,000 for improvements at Lions Park in the 2019/20 Operational Plan according to the report.
We will update this story after the Council meeting