City of Newcastle takes next steps towards revitalisation of iconic harbourside precinct

06 Sep 2023

City of Newcastle has commenced work at Foreshore Park to prepare for the future construction of Newcastle's largest children’s playground.

The Livvi’s Place inclusive regional playground and waterplay area form the centrepiece of City of Newcastle's Harbour Foreshore Masterplan, which is designed to create new connections between the city and the harbour's edge around Foreshore Park and along the Joy Cummings Promenade.

The Harbour Foreshore Masterplan will be delivered in stages, with early works to prepare the playground site, including upgrading and consolidating irrigation and electrical infrastructure to continue over coming months.

Detailed designs are being developed for the fully-fenced accessible playground in consultation with Touched by Olivia.

The playground will have a distinctly Newcastle character and pay tribute to the city's Aboriginal heritage. The area will also have a waterplay area unique to Newcastle, accessible amenities including a changing places room, and a kiosk which will service both the playground and the wider Foreshore Park.

The project, in conjunction with the broader Harbour Foreshore Masterplan, will help realise the full potential of one of Newcastle's premier open areas, creating a drawcard destination for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Extensive tree planting and landscaping will be carried out as part of the broader masterplan throughout the precinct to significantly increase shade canopy and create greener public spaces.

The project is supported by the State Government, Variety the Childrens Charity and the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund.