Waterplay park slated for foreshore


City of Newcastle will seek support from the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund to assist with the development of a multi-million dollar inclusive play space and waterplay area at Foreshore Park.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, councillors endorsed the play space and waterplay as its nominated project for the fund, and will seek $500,000 to assist with the cost of its delivery.

The city has been successful with previous applications, which have gone towards initiatives such as the South Stockton Reserve Active Hub, Nobbys Surf Club restoration, Camp Shortland precinct playground and active space, as well as the Throsby Creek clean up.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the development of an inclusive play space integrated with a waterplay area at Foreshore Park would help rejuvenate the precinct and provide additional recreational opportunities at one of the city’s premier parkland spaces.

“We have already been fortunate enough to secure $50,000 from Variety the Children’s Charity to assist with the design of a significant inclusive play space in the heart of Newcastle,” she said.

“Integrated with a waterplay area, this project will create a regional asset and tourist drawcard that will ensure Foreshore Park can be enjoyed by all members of the community.”

Variety the Children’s Charity Inclusive Play Manager, Kim Becherand, said it was proud to work on the project.

“It will engage all children, parents, grandparents and friends in play,” she said.

The project is being developed as part of the Newcastle Harbour Foreshore Masterplan.

Consultant landscape architects are currently exploring several design options for the park and playground, with draft concept plans expected to be shared with the community for comment in November.

While costs will depend on the final design chosen, a provisional budget of $3.25 million has been forecast for the project.