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Five playgrounds across Newcastle will undergo transformations as part of a $4 million investment into enhanced recreation spaces for the community.

A new inclusive area is slated for Hamilton’s historic Gregson Park while Adamstown Park faces relocation.

Meanwhile, Stockton’s Rawson Park and Coolamin Road Reserve at Waratah are set for makeovers, with softfall upgrading scheduled for Islington Park.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, City of Newcastle project services manager Patrick Burgess, recreational projects officer Ben Barrett, Councillor Carol Duncan and Pedro Angeli from Regal Innovations at Gregson Park.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the projects would deliver enhanced and accessible playspaces for children throughout the LGA.

“City of Newcastle (CN) is committed to delivering quality playgrounds for locals and visitors to enjoy,” she explained.

“The improvements are designed to consider how users of all abilities can enjoy them.

“They’ll include more accessible features such as carousels, bridges and pathways, with various pieces of equipment that will be suitable for everyone, including those with limited mobility.

“At Gregson Park, construction will take place with minimal disruption to the use of the rest of the park.

“Weather permitting, the new playground is expected to open to the public by October, while the smaller local playgrounds are scheduled to be completed by the end of May.”

Stockton’s Rawson Park.

Adamstown Park’s playspace will be moved, upgraded and expanded as part of CN’s staged implementation of the newly-adopted Adamstown Park Masterplan.

The finished venture includes an access path from Glebe Road and sheltered picnic tables next to the playground.

The areas at Rawson Park and Coolamin Road Reserve are both being replaced with a new design that complements the current site, with additions to cater for younger and older children.

Coolamin Road Reserve at Waratah.

Councillor Carol Duncan stated the playspace at Gregson Park was identified as high-priority in the Masterplan, which was adopted in 2021.

“This much-loved public asset plays an important role in providing open space and recreation opportunities in Hamilton, as well as respecting the heritage significance of the area,” the chair of the Community and Culture Advisory Committee added.

“The playground will boast a native garden, nature play, trampolines, a balance obstacle course, sandpit with sand and water play and, importantly, Maddie’s Bench will be retained.

“The existing toilet facilities at Gregson Park will also be expanded and include disabled access.”

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