Residents have expressed their disappointment after another high school in the city becomes closed off from the public's use.
A security gate around sporting fields and the basketball court is being constructed at Kooringal High School and will prohibit the community from using these facilities outside of hours, unless authorised.
One resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she was disappointed to find the makeshift fence and it suggested there was some kind of "threat" to the school.
"These areas were regularly used for exercise by the local community ... I go past and even adults play basketball, people are flying kites and others are kicking balls," the resident said.
"There's always somebody there out of hours.
"Gradually, playing areas are being cut off in times when we are trying to encourage children to be active."
The resident noted that schools nearby, such as Sturt and Kooringal public schools, already have high fences blocking the community from using those facilities.
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"There are no basketball courts anywhere in Kooringal ... people are encouraging kids to get active and get off their screens, yet they're closing these areas from public use," she said.
"Sadly it's a sign of the world we live in, but it doesn't improve our lives."
However, under the Department of Education's Community Use of School Facilities, residents can be authorised to use the facilities after hours.
The Daily Advertiser requested to speak with NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell or a Department of Education representative, but was issued a statement from a department spokesperson instead.
"This fence will complement the existing security fencing at the site and ensure that the school can provide a safe and secure learning environment for students and staff during school hours, as well as authorised users of school facilities after hours," the statement read.
"The proposal to extend the fencing at the school emerged from discussion with the school community who wished to enhance safety for students, staff and visitors.
"While respecting the school community's priority for enhanced safety, once the fencing is completed the school will consider opportunities for use of the school grounds beyond access currently offered through the Community Use of School Facilities and other arrangements."
A spokesperson said the department will not comment on the fencing cost until the project is completed.
The Share Our Space program opens participating schools to the community after hours, however at this stage no Wagga schools are part of this program.
If there is enough demand, KHS may be included in the program following the fence's construction.
Kooringal resident, who also wanted to remain anonymous, said she can understand the fence will provide safety during school hours, but said the gates should be open outside of school hours.
"We all know that it takes a village to raise a child; this village facility is now being taken from us, limiting the opportunity for exercise, a necessity for a healthy community," the resident said.
"Surely the school can be made secure without cutting off access to the oval and basketball court."