The community is invited to share memories, stories and ideas about Gregson Park to help guide the renewal of the historic park in Hamilton.
City of Newcastle has commenced community engagement on the Gregson Park Masterplan, focusing on values and aspirations to inform how the much-loved park is managed and renewed.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said community input is vital to make Gregson Park a place for locals and visitors to enjoy now and into the future.
“Gregson Park is steeped in history, so we want to ensure that as we plan for its future, we consider its past and pay tribute to the heritage of the site,” the Lord Mayor said.
“From its origins dating back to the late 1880s when the park was gifted to the community by the then Hamilton Council, Gregson Park has become an iconic part of Hamilton, and the broader City.
“We encourage the community to have a say on the future of Gregson Park through our online survey and share photos, ideas and memories via our online mapping tool. We’re also eager to hear what our community loves about the park and what could be improved.”
Chairperson of the Community and Culture Advisory Committee, Councillor Carol Duncan said the Gregson Park Masterplan would help shape the future of Hamilton.
“Hamilton is a unique, diverse and iconic Newcastle suburb with Gregson Park the green space at its heart, “Cr Duncan said.
“How Gregson Park is maintained, preserved and enhanced in the future will play an important part in how Hamilton as a suburb grows for the next generation, which is why we’re seeking feedback from a broad spectrum of our community.”
The Masterplan will consider the existing infrastructure at the park, community priorities for facilities such as the former bowling club site, a new play space and amenities, potential use of the park for events and activities, and heritage interpretation of the site.
Community input will help inform the development of the draft Gregson Park Masterplan which will be placed on public exhibition in early 2021.
Community Engagement is open until Wednesday, 30 September. To have a say or to share memories, stories and ideas, visit newcastle.nsw.gov.au/gregsonpark