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Adamstown Park a stride closer to fruition


Adamstown is a step closer to becoming the home of Newcastle’s largest suburban sporting and recreational hub, after City of Newcastle (CN) adopted plans for a $1.25 million makeover earlier this week. 

The makeover, they say, is just the beginning for Adamstown Park.  

In July Stage 1 of the upgrade to Myers Park included new drainage, fencing, covered seating, fitness stations, a running and walking track as well as half basketball and bat ball courts. 

Future plans for the 13-hectare precinct have been spelled out in the new 15-year masterplan, with potential projects including two additional junior football fields, the extension of existing amenity buildings and walking track, as well as gender-friendly change rooms. 

Myers Park

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said there was plenty of potential to improve the already popular public asset. 

“Adamstown Park has been a part of the local community for more than 130 years and enjoyed by generations of people in Newcastle,” she explained. 

“Council sought extensive feedback from key user groups and the broader community to make sure the needs of all users were considered and understood.”

CN’s Community and Culture Advisory Committee chair Cr Carol Duncan welcomed the adoption of the masterplan and thanked community members for their valuable feedback. 

“The masterplan gives us a framework for the future and the inclusion of new infrastructure will ensure even more people can enjoy the precinct,” she said. 

“The next stage of work in delivering the masterplan will begin early next year with the construction of a new playground near the existing tennis courts close to Glebe Road.” 

Future improvements include increasing the number of trees and landscaping, a multipurpose active court, flood light renewal on several fields, as well as an all-weather training pitch next to Sportsground No.1, which will be subject to external funding. 

Along with recreational and sporting facilities, the masterplan also includes a provision to relocate a World War One memorial, which currently sits on private property on Brunker Road, to a space near the corner of Glebe Road and Bryant Street. 

Merewether-Hamilton-Adamstown RSL Sub-Branch president Phil Winney OAM said it was an important monument that needed to be preserved. 

“This memorial has been in Adamstown since 1921, but its current location has become problematic since the RSL club closed down in 2014,” Mr Winney said. 

“We stopped holding a march on Anzac Day because of the disruption to traffic on Brunker Road and we could only accommodate a small crowd for the service. 

“With help from City of Newcastle, as well as state and government grants, we hope to move the memorial to Adamstown Park, allowing us to revive the full Anzac Day service and the march, without safety or traffic concerns.”  

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