Have your say on the future of Newcastle’s National Park

Councillor Carol Duncan and Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes at National Park on Wednesday. Picture: Supplied.

It’s the largest community open space in the city and, with 4000 homes expected in the Newcastle City Centre by 2036, now’s the time to see how National Park can be improved to meet the needs of a growing community.

That’s why City Of Newcastle is calling for community input to make sure National Park remains a space that locals and visitors alike can enjoy well into the future.

“National Park is a unique site in Newcastle and will play an important part in the liveability of our city centre as the population grows and the CBD moves westward,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“We’re looking forward to working with the community on the future of National Park, with people given the opportunity to have their say in person at stakeholder workshops, a community drop-in session and via an interactive online map and survey.”

National Park is a 20-hectare multi-purpose reserve that stretches between Union and Parry Streets in Newcastle West and includes Newcastle’s largest and oldest sports field No. 1 Sportsground.

The northwest corner was formerly home to tennis courts and a bowling club, which was later occupied by charity Life Without Barriers until 2017.

In 2019, City of Newcastle commenced a process to provide safe public access to the northwest corner of the park, including demolishing the Life Without Barriers building and turfing the area for passive recreation.

In September, City of Newcastle opened new basketball courts near the corner of National Park and Parry Streets to activate the formerly unused corner of National Park.

“The long-term future of the area will be shaped through community consultation on the review of National Park’s Plan of Management and will also take into consideration recommendations made from the Strategic Sports Plan which is nearing finalisation,” Cr Nelmes said.

“The Office of Sport has also identified strategies to establish No. 1 Sportsground as a Regionally Significant Sports Facility within the Draft Hunter Sport and Active Recreation Plan (2018-2023).”

Community engagement is open until Monday 7 December with the National Park Plan of Management draft plan to be publicly exhibited in early 2021. Head here for more information.

Written by Newcastle Live

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