Aberdeen's new recreational facility open for business at Jefferson Park

FUN FACILITY: Upper Hunter Shire Council's sports participation officer Nicky Western having a go on the new 'Urban Warrior Course' at Aberdeen's Jefferson Park.
FUN FACILITY: Upper Hunter Shire Council's sports participation officer Nicky Western having a go on the new 'Urban Warrior Course' at Aberdeen's Jefferson Park.

ABERDEEN is building the next generation of ninja warriors, with a new recreational facility open for business at Jefferson Park.

The Urban Warrior Course has come just in time for the school holidays and boasts a climbing wall, hurdles and other obstacles.

It compliments existing recreational facilities at Jefferson Park including the skate park, outdoor gym equipment, basketball court and the play area.

Upper Hunter Shire Council's sports participation officer Nicky Western said the ninja warrior-style course has a start and finish point.

"The idea is that people can complete the circuit as a race and time themselves," she said.

"Otherwise it's just a good adventure play area.

"It's aimed at kids from ages 8 upwards, it's just a bit more challenging than your average park and the whole idea is that people use it as a race and challenge each other."

The concept started as an idea for funding through the federal government's Drought Communities Program and was extremely well-received, so council ended up forking out the money for the project from their playground budget.

"In the end council paid for it because the drought funding didn't quite cover it and the community feedback was very positive," Ms Western explained.

She said people were already enjoying the facility, which has come at the perfect time ahead of the school holidays next week.

"It's open, it hasn't been fenced off however," she added.

"So, I think there may be plans to have it fenced off so that it can be segregated from the golfers that walk past it.

"But, people have been using it and it's been very popular - it's great fun.

"Jefferson Park has a lot of recreational facilities now with all of the activities that are there and we've pretty much got most age groups covered which is great."

The facility is located at the road side of the tennis courts.

FUN FACILITY: Upper Hunter Shire Council's sports participation officer Nicky Western having a go on the new 'Urban Warrior Course' at Aberdeen's Jefferson Park.

FUN FACILITY: Upper Hunter Shire Council's sports participation officer Nicky Western having a go on the new 'Urban Warrior Course' at Aberdeen's Jefferson Park.