Residents and visitors are invited to take advantage of two new recreational spaces these Christmas holidays, following the official opening of the PAC Park rejuvenation project in Parkes and Lindner Oval project in Peak Hill.

Both of the community infrastructure projects were co-funded by Parkes Shire Council and the NSW Government's Social Housing Community Improvement Fund.

As part of the Lindner Oval project, new play equipment, a new shade cloth, and a new outdoor exercise station were installed. The space now offers free, modern and supported exercise-based infrastructure to encourage residents to make healthy lifestyle choices. The community earmarked the Linder Oval masterplan as a priority for the town during the Parkes 2030 community consultations.

The PAC Park project included the construction of two shelters, two table settings, a double electric barbecue and lighting. The new barbeque shelter hosted its first community event recently as part of National Bird Week celebrations.

Minister for Social Housing The Hon. Pru Goward MP said, "since 2015, we have invested $20 million under the SHCIF program in projects which improve community infrastructure, enhance open spaces, improve safety, increase accessibility for older people or people with a disability, or facilitate integration between social housing and the broader community."

"These upgrades at PAC Park and Lindner Oval give locals two brilliant locations to get together, socialise and enjoy a barbecue."

"I am thrilled that the NSW Government was able to help with these wonderful new facilities and I know they will be much enjoyed by the Parkes and Peak Hill communities."

Member for Orange, Mr Phil Donato congratulated all those involved in helping to deliver this project for the community.

“It’s fantastic that Peak Hill now have new exercise and playground equipment installed at Lindner Oval. Rural communities need support through government grants to help deliver infrastructure to support community, particularly with exercise and sport for all ages – because that’s what brings a rural community together," Mr Donato said.

“The PAC Park enhancements will provide infrastructure which will encourage community visitation to this great parkland. The habitat in the wetlands attracts an array of bird life which holds appeal to many of those who live in the area, but also to visitors who are passing through Parkes who want to rest and relax in a piece of nature."

Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith said "health and wellness is central to our community, and Council is committed to improving our community infrastructure to help support and encourage our residents to lead active lifestyles."

"Under the guidance of Council's Pedestrian and Cycling Strategy, the Parkes Shire now boasts a wonderful range of walking and cycling routes, outdoor exercise equipment and recreational spaces that can be utilised by ages and fitness levels."

To view the range of parks, playgrounds and recreational spaces within the Parkes Shire, head to the Visit Parkes website.