Playing for keeps - sporting and recreation announcements

PARK: Plans for the Tamworth Regional Playground.

PARK: Plans for the Tamworth Regional Playground.

TAMWORTH'S reputation as a sporting and recreation mecca has been given a free kick after three significant announcements in the past 48 hours.

In welcome news for families, the much-anticipated Tamworth Regional Playground will forge ahead following a state government funding promise yesterday.

The $2.2 million facility, to be located at Bicentennial Park, will boast cutting-edge play equipment, picnic spaces, bike paths and fitness trails.

Meanwhile on Tuesday night, Tamworth councillors ratified a plan to develop Longyard as the city's sporting hub.

The blueprint allows scope for council to improve existing facilities and build new ones, reigniting hopes of a new football stadium in the future.

And finally, local couple Ingrid and Michael Lorberg yesterday lodged a development application for a rollerskating rink at the old Thunderdome site.

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