City of Newcastle will deliver a new-and-improved community and sporting precinct in Mayfield West under the Stevenson Park Masterplan adopted by Council.
The Masterplan identifies priorities that will activate the park and create a vibrant and inclusive space for Mayfield West residents and visitors.
The Plan includes more car parking, a larger, better playground for kids, a fenced off-leash area for dogs, new footpath connections and upgrades to existing sporting infrastructure. Stage 1 of the plan will be implemented this year.
Stevenson Park will receive a major overhaul with work due to commence this year
“This masterplan will deliver on our shared vision of Stevenson Park as a welcoming and inclusive community meeting place that offers quality sports facilities within a parkland setting,” the Lord Mayor said.
“In future, the park will be home to multifunctional spaces that promote social interaction and active lifestyles in line with the City’s strategic direction to create a city of great public places and neighbourhoods promoting people’s health, happiness and wellbeing.
“City of Newcastle staff are to be commended for undertaking an exemplary and very thorough engagement process that has given the Mayfield West community real ownership of the upgrades that will flow from the site Masterplan.”
The project follows strong advocacy from the local community, particularly through the Friends of Stevenson Park, and follows representations to the City of Newcastle by Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and Ward 1 Councillor Emma White.
The Lord Mayor said the finalised Masterplan and Playground Concept paved the way for the City to deliver the upgrades long advocated by the Mayfield West community.
Councillor White said the Stevenson Park Masterplan will see the community’s hard work pay off.
“I want to congratulate the Friends of Stevenson Park and the broader Mayfield West community for their strong advocacy and hard work,” Cr White said. “We listened to your concerns and we’re getting on with the job of upgrading Stevenson Park for all local residents and visitors to enjoy.
“The Lord Mayor and I have enjoyed the onsite meetings and getting to know the Mayfield West community and the Friends of Stevenson Park through the engagement process.
“This Masterplan will see Stevenson Park become one of the premier sport and recreation facilities across the City of Newcastle.”
City of Newcastle has allocated $150,000 in the 2018-19 Budget to begin construction of the new playground at Stevenson Park.