New era for Adamstown Park as Masterplan approved

01 Nov 2023

Council has adopted a blueprint for the future of the city's largest suburban sporting and recreation hub, ensuring a recent $1.25 million makeover is just the beginning for Adamstown Park.

City of Newcastle (CN) officially opened stage one of the Adamstown Park Masterplan in July, delivering significant upgrades at Myers Park including new drainage, fencing, covered seating, fitness stations, a running and walking track as well as half basketball and bat ball courts.

Future plans for the 13-hectare precinct have been spelled out in the new 15-year masterplan, with potential projects including two additional junior football fields, the extension of existing amenity buildings and walking track, as well as gender-friendly changerooms.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said there's plenty of potential to improve the already popular public asset.

"Adamstown Park has been a part of the local community for more than 130 years and enjoyed by generations of people in Newcastle," Cr Nelmes said.

"City of Newcastle sought extensive feedback from key user groups and the broader community to make sure the needs of all users were considered and understood.

Chair of CN's Community and Culture Advisory Committee, Cr Carol Duncan, welcomed the adoption of the masterplan and thanked community members for their valuable feedback.

"The masterplan gives us a framework for the future and the inclusion of new infrastructure will ensure even more people can enjoy the precinct," Cr Duncan said.

"The next stage of work in delivering the masterplan will begin early next year with the construction of a new playground near the existing tennis courts close to Glebe Road."

Future improvements to passive and active recreation include increasing the number of trees and landscaping, a multipurpose active court, flood light renewal on several fields, as well as an all-weather training pitch next to Adamstown No.1, which will be subject to external funding.

Along with recreational and sporting facilities, the masterplan also includes a provision to relocate a World War One memorial, which currently sits on private property on Brunker Road, to a space near the corner of Glebe Road and Bryant Street.

Merewether-Hamilton-Adamstown RSL Sub-Branch President Phil Winney OAM said it's an important monument that needs to be preserved.

"This memorial has been in Adamstown since 1921, but its current location has become problematic since the RSL club closed down in 2014," Mr Winney said.

"We stopped holding a march on Anzac Day because of the disruption to traffic on Brunker Road and we could only accommodate a small crowd for the service.

"With help from City of Newcastle, as well as state and government grants, we hope to move the memorial to Adamstown Park, allowing us to revive the full Anzac Day service and the march, without safety or traffic concerns."

Development of the Adamstown Park Masterplan was a recommendation in City of Newcastle's adopted Strategic Sports Plan and aligns with the directions of the Newcastle 2040 Community Strategic Plan.

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