7,000 square metres of additional shade at Foreshore Park.

Artist’s impression of indicative 2022 canopy results in one section of Foreshore Park.

A four-year tree replacement program in Foreshore Park began in 2017 in preparation for the Newcastle 500 Supercars.

Council has since planted 51 advanced trees, including 10 Kentia palms and 41 Norfolk Island pines to increase the park’s shade canopy from 2,800sqm to 9,800sqm.

The tree plantings have been around the perimeter of the park to strengthen the boundaries of the space and reinforce the avenue plantings at Wharf Road.

Although there will be some replacement planting occurring by advanced trees in the council nursery, a majority of future planting would under the Harbour Foreshore Precinct Masterplan, which has recently finished its first phase of community engagement.

This is a generational opportunity to reimagine one of the City’s premier parks to suit the needs of a growing community following extensive community engagement,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

Early feedback has highlighted the significance of the Foreshore’s environment to the community, with 70 per cent of those surveyed nominating tree planting as the most important natural element of the Foreshore masterplan.

The first meeting of the newly formed Harbour Foreshore Community Reference Group was held recently to discuss future directions for the concept designs.

Inclusive playspace at Newcastle Foreshore

City of Newcastle wants the State Government-administered Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund to assist with the development of a multimillion-dollar  playspace and waterplay area at Foreshore Park.

At last night’s Council meeting (22 Sep) Councillors ‘in-principle’ endorsed the playspace and waterplay as its nominated project for the Fund, which provides $1 million annually in grants for community projects around the Port of Newcastle.

The City succeeded previously securing more than $1 million over several funding rounds, which contributed to over $4 million in projects of significant community benefit.

These included the South Stockton Reserve Active Hub, Nobby’s Surf Club restoration, Camp Shortland precinct playground and active space, and the Throsby Creek clean up.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the development of a ‘Variety Livvi’s Place’ inclusive playspace integrated with a waterplay area at Foreshore Park will help rejuvenate the precinct and provide additional recreational opportunities.

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 playspace in the heart of Newcastle,” the Lord Mayor 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.”

The City is working with Variety as part of the delivery of the Livvi’s Place inclusive playspace, which will be designed to provide easy access, a range of play types and challenges and appropriate facilities to cater for children of all ages, abilities and cultures.

Variety is proud to work alongside the City of Newcastle to create a truly inclusive playspace that will engage all children, parents, grandparents and friends in play,” Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT Inclusive Play Manager, Kim Becherand, said.

Variety Livvi’s Place playspaces are a key element of our broader mission to make sure no child misses out on what they need to join in and attain their full potential.”

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

A a provisional budget of $3.25 million has been forecast for the playspace and waterplay park. City of Newcastle will seek $500,000 from the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund to assist with the cost of its delivery.