Novocastrians have been invited to shape the future of the historic National Park as Newcastle’s CBD continues to grow.
The site is a 20-hectare multi-purpose reserve stretching between Union and Parry streets in Newcastle West and includes Newcastle’s largest and oldest sportsground, No. 1 Sportsground.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said community input was important to make sure the space was enjoyed by locals now and into the future.
“The long-term future of the area will be shaped through community consultation on the review of National Park’s Plan of Management and will also take into consideration recommendations made from the Strategic Sports Plan, which is nearing finalisation,” she said.
“We’re looking forward to working with the community on the future of National Park, with people given the opportunity to have their say in person at stakeholder workshops, a community drop-in session, and via an interactive online map and survey.
“National Park is an essential greenspace in the heart of the city for passive recreation and also caters for a variety of sporting codes including netball, football, cricket, rugby league, rugby union, AFL, athletics and croquet.
“It is also a popular venue for school sports and a hub where recreational activities such as walking and casual play or games take place.”
The northwest corner of National Park was formerly home to tennis courts and a bowling club, which was later occupied by charity Life Without Barriers until 2017.
In 2019, City of Newcastle started a process to provide safe public access to the northwest corner of the park, including demolishing the Life Without Barriers building and turfing the area for passive recreation.
The council also opened new basketball courts near the corner of National Park and Parry streets in September to activate the formerly unused corner of the area.
Community engagement is open until Monday 7 December, with the National Park Plan of Management draft plan to be publicly exhibited in early 2021.