Monday, April 22, 2024

Tender opens for inclusive playground

NSW

City of Newcastle Council is moving ahead with the creation of a new inclusive playspace at Hamilton’s historic Gregson Park, with the contract for construction now open to tender.

Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes said the project was identified as a high priority action as part of the adopted Masterplan for the much-loved park.

“We know our community values Gregson Park’s rich history and what it offers as a recreational space,” Lord Mayor Nelmes said.

“Extensive community engagement was undertaken in preparing the Gregson Park Masterplan 2021, with feedback into the concept design for a new playspace and upgraded amenities, and consultation with First Nations Australians to appropriately capture Indigenous elements in the design.

“The construction of this playground will be a significant step in delivering our shared vision for Gregson Park, which will ensure it remains a much-loved and well utilised space now and into the future.”

Alongside a variety of traditional play equipment, the playground will feature a range of accessible, sensory and nature-based play options, with traditional Indigenous elements, including a yarning circle to encourage knowledge sharing and a bush tucker garden to enrich learning of native edible plants.

Additional shade, a water feature, formal and informal seating, and footbridges will also feature, complemented by an upgraded, accessible amenities building and new covered picnic area to ensure the park is an inclusive place for all.

Councillor Carol Duncan said it was exciting to see this project move forward, with construction expected to begin early next year.

“Hamilton is a unique, diverse and iconic Newcastle suburb with Gregson Park the green space at its heart,” Cr Duncan said.

“I look forward to seeing work get underway on the reimagined playspace and upgraded amenities, which will enhance the future enjoyment of the park for the next generation.”

Local business owner and Hamilton Business Improvement Association (BIA) Chair, Reece Hignell said the new playspace will provide plenty of benefits for the suburb.

“Gregson Park is a popular destination that attracts visitors from Hamilton and the wider Newcastle community,” Mr Hignell said.

“This new playground will provide a drawcard for more families and that will hopefully create increased foot traffic for all of our wonderful businesses in and around Beaumont Street.”

Tender submissions can now be made via www.tenderlink.com/newcastle.

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