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  • The Serious Business of Playground Fun

The Serious Business of Playground Fun

  • 19 January 2023


When it comes to the state of play in Newcastle, we’re definitely in good hands.

That’s because City of Newcastle is set to kick off the 2023 round of its Playground Replacement program.

This year’s raft of works will see facilities at Beresfield’s Vera Wilson Park, Loch Ness Drive Park in Fletcher, Birmingham Gardens’ Harold Myers Park, Avon Street Reserve in Mayfield and Waratah Park receive makeovers.

Upgraded equipment will cater for a range of ages, including swings, challenging climbing components, slides, multi-play units, and a new stairway at Fletcher and mini trampoline at Waratah Park.

City Of Newcastle currently looks after an impressive 134 playgrounds across the LGA and Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said ensuring these facilities were maintained to the highest standard was crucial in providing recreational opportunities for Newcastle families.

“We know how much our community values open spaces and playgrounds,” Cr Nelmes said. 

“The city’s playgrounds provide children and families with the opportunity to spend more time outdoors and engage in an active and healthy lifestyle." 

In addition to these planned playground renewals, CN will be constructing a new inclusive playspace and waterpark for the Harbour Foreshore Precinct in Newcastle’s East End.

The playspace will include a junior and toddler space based around themes of the beach, as well as a splash pad with interactive water play, tugboats, Awabakal canoes, and water mazes. 

Newcastle Playgrounds Worth Checking Out


There are simply too many playgrounds across our great city to list here, so we thought we’d highlight a few that are sure to keep even the fussiest fun-seeker in your family happy.

Happy and safe playing!

Stockton Active Hub
Griffith Park Stockton

Given its proximity to the Ferry Terminal, the Stockton Active hub is the perfect destination for a day out with the kids - A nice relaxing ferry ride before some serious play!

Speaking of play, this space caters to a variety of ages and consists of two sections - a playground with soft fall flooring and a concrete skate ‘plaza’. This playground has something for all tastes - for sliders, climbers, jumpers, skaters and everything in between!

Wallsend Active Hub
Federal Park Wallsend

This eye-catching playground is located right next to Wallsend pool, making it an even more attractive destination for families in the summer months.

Situated on a combination of bark and soft fall flooring, the park features a colourful play structure that is perfect for little adventurers.

There is truly fun for all ages to be had here with the site also boasting a pump track for bikes, scooters and skateboards, multi-sport courts, rebound and climbing walls, and fitness stations.

Richley Reserve
New Lambton

Located within gorgeous Blackbut Reserve, Richley Reserve is literally chock-full of fun and challenging play equipment.

One half of the space is dedicated to younger funsters with toddler and group swings, slides, a cubby house and a small rope bridge.

The second half is for older adventurers and features an impressive climbing tower with slides, fireman pole, and challenging rope courses.

Stevenson Park

There is a strong sense of community in Mayfield and this inviting playground is a great place to get that true community feel.

Protected from the elements by a shade sail, this playground features a small climbing structure with nets, climbing rope, talking horns, and balancing equipment.

The playground also overlooks a half basketball court if you are just keen to shoot some hoops. There is also plenty of seating so you can relax as the kids play their hearts out.


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