A new kiosk and amenities block is set to form part of the upgrade to the city’s much-loved Foreshore Park in 2024.
City of Newcastle (CN), which released concept plans of the project this week, will now undergo the process of seeking tenders for the building.
It’ll serve both the playground and the broader park, featuring accessible facilities including unisex ambulant toilets, a parent’s change room and a changing places area.
The venture is expected to complement other elements of the Harbour Foreshore Masterplan, with Livvi’s Place being the centrepiece.
That incorporates an inclusive regional playground and waterplay area, designed in consultation with the community and charity Touched by Olivia.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes welcomed this next step in delivering the adopted masterplan.
“These early works help realise the full potential of our adopted vision for our premier city park, creating a drawcard destination for locals and visitors from across the region to enjoy,” she said.
“The first stage will prepare the site for delivery of a regional level playground, waterplay and new amenities block.
“This revitalised harbourside precinct will enrich the park that Novocastrians and guests know and love, with spaces for events and areas for friends and families to connect.”
Following early site preparation, which was undertaken last year, work will begin in the coming months to demolish the existing amenities block, playground and the former frog pond to make way for the delivery of future stages of the masterplan.
The public toilets adjacent to the Train Shed will remain open for the community.
Once completed, the playground area will have a distinctly Newcastle character and pay tribute to the city’s Aboriginal heritage.
The precinct will boast a waterplay area unique to Newcastle, accessible amenities and a kiosk that will service both the playground and the wider Foreshore Park.
Extensive tree planting and landscaping is scheduled to be carried out throughout the precinct as part of the broader masterplan to significantly increase shade canopy and create greener public spaces.
The project is supported by the state government, Variety the Children’s Charity and the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund.
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