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Gregson Park’s inclusive playspace gets the green light

City of Newcastle has committed to investing more than $3 million in a new inclusive playspace at the historic Gregson Park in Hamilton.

The decision was made following a unanimous vote by councillors on Tuesday night, paving the way for construction to commence early next year.

The upcoming playspace is designed to cater to a diverse range of preferences, featuring both traditional play equipment and innovative, nature-based options.

Notably, the project incorporates elements of Indigenous culture, including a yarning circle to encourage knowledge-sharing and a bush tucker garden aimed at enriching the community’s understanding of native edible plants.

Alongside these features, the playspace will include additional shade, a water feature, upgraded amenities, and various seating options, creating a well-rounded recreational environment for residents and visitors alike.

City of Newcastle is committed to delivering quality playgrounds and green spaces across Newcastle for locals and visitors to enjoy,” Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“We know our community values Gregson Park’s rich Indigenous history and what it offers as a diverse recreational space.

“Construction of this playspace in the new year signifies an important milestone in delivering our shared vision for Gregson Park, and was identified as a high-priority action as part of the adopted Masterplan for the much-loved park.

“We’ve undertaken extensive community engagement in preparing the Gregson Park Masterplan 2021, with feedback incorporated into the final design for the playspace and upgraded amenities, along with consultation with First Nations Australians to appropriately capture Indigenous elements in the design.”

The project will also incorporate additional shade, a water feature, a mix of formal and informal seating, and footbridges. This will be complemented by the enhancement of an accessible amenities building and the addition of a new covered picnic area. The construction is anticipated to conclude by late 2024.