Revised Newcastle Beach Plan

Concept plan for the Bathers Way Newcastle Beach project has the beachside skate bowl positioned within the existing promenade at South Newcastle Beach.

The changes was in response to feedback on the original design in which the skate bowl protruded well into the beach. 

While these are concept plans only, they demonstrate that we can have a bowl suitable for intermediate skaters and accessible for wheelchair sports, without the need for it to protrude onto the beach,” the Lord Mayor said.

These concepts allow us to work with the community, skaters, coastal engineers, environmental and geotechnical experts to determine more detailed designs for this stage of the Bathers Way project.

We’re now asking the community to have their say on these concepts as we undertake formal consultation, refine the detailed designs, and ultimately start construction.”

Following community engagement on the concept images, detailed design will continue towards a state-of-the-art skate park for intermediate to advanced users and wheelchair athletes.

Criticism of Previous Plan

Pictured below, the original plan was scrapped in January following criticism of many aspects of the on-beach structure.

Sydney University coastal geomorphologist, Professor Andrew Short, said the bowl would be a hazard to anyone walking along the beach in heavy weather, it would essentially cut the beach in half, impede lifeguards’ views of the southern end of the beach, increase beach erosion, and be subject to direct wave attack. [1]

Others expressed doubts regarding the construction expense of a structure that must withstand cyclonic seas.

Many citizens are concerned about the continued loss of public space to “recreational sports.”

There is the issue, too, of water and sand accumulating in the enclosed bowl, wherever it is situated.

Below ~ Original concept plan shows the skate bowl set on the beach, beyond the original promenade line.

Six-Kilometre Coastal Pathway

The Bathers Way – Newcastle Beach is the largest and most complex stage of the Bathers Way project.

Construction is scheduled to start in 2020.

This stage, which also includes a new kiosk and amenities and outdoor exercise equipment, will transform a section of coast which has long been dormant.

Further upgrades, proposed for the Bathers Way between King Edward Park and Newcastle Surf Life Saving Club, include access improvements and a community hub in the Newcastle Beach Pavilion following its redevelopment.

When the King Edward Park and Memorial Drive sections are completed, Newcastle will boast a stairless six-kilometre coastal pathway that will surpass any in Australia,” the Lord Mayor said.

Have your say on the new concept plans, here, until the end of August.