Hamilton will soon boast a new multi-million-dollar inclusive playspace at the historic Gregson Park.
The project, due to start early in 2024, is expected to feature a variety of traditional play equipment, as well as a range of accessible and nature-based options, with Indigenous elements, including a yarning circle to encourage knowledge sharing and a bush tucker garden to enrich learning of native edible plants.
Additional shade, a water feature, formal and informal seating, and footbridges will also complement an upgraded, user-friendly amenities building and covered picnic area.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes welcomed the latest step, accepting the tender, in the delivery of the $3 million venture.
“City of Newcastle is committed to supplying quality playgrounds and green spaces across Newcastle for locals and visitors to enjoy,” she said.
“We know our community values Gregson Park’s rich Indigenous history and what it offers as a diverse recreational space.
“Construction of this playspace, in the new year, was identified as a high priority in the adopted masterplan for the much-loved park.
“We’ve undertaken extensive community engagement in preparing the Gregson Park Masterplan 2021, with feedback incorporated into the final design for the playspace and upgraded amenities, along with consultation with First Nations Australians to appropriately capture Indigenous elements in the design.”
Chair of the Community and Culture Advisory Committee Carol Duncan admitted she was looking forward to the project progressing.
“Gregson Park is a well-loved destination for Hamilton residents and the wider Newcastle community, offering a tranquil green space, just a short stroll from bustling Beaumont Street,” she said.
“The enhanced inclusive elements of the new playspace and upgraded amenities will ensure it is made even more accessible for the future generation’s enjoyment of the space.
“I’m excited to see more members of our community interacting with this space in years to come.”
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